J.League Column: Goals goals goals!

Last week Gamba Osaka hammered FC Gifu 8-2 to set a new total-goals-in-one-game record in J2 and here's a look at other goal bonanzas in the J-League

Prior to the 10-goal extravaganza in Aichi, the high mark for the most goals plundered in one second division game was nine. That feat that was achieved on three separate occasions.

The first was back in June 2003 when Kawasaki Frontale defeated Sagan Tosu 6-3 at Todoroki Stadium. The next two instances remarkably occurred during the month of September 2011, when Gainare Tottori lost 6-3 at home to Sagan Tosu on the 4th before Tokyo Verdy handily beat Yokohama FC 7-2 two weeks later on the 18th.

Those returns are impressive but don’t quite live up to the standards set in J1, where three matches have ended with 10 goals on the scoreboard. Even those bonanzas fall short of the record, with two first-division games in the late 1990s seeing 11 and 12 goals scored respectively.

The 11-goal thriller occurred in 1997 when Bellmare Hiratsuka, known today as Shonan Bellmare, crushed Kashiwa Reysol 7-4. You needn’t have too much sympathy for Reysol, however! In the very next season they came back fighting and set the overall J.League record when they struck seven themselves, coming out as victors in a sensational 7-5 win away to Cerezo Osaka at Nagai Stadium.

When Gamba made it 8-1 last week there were still 21 minutes to play and it looked as though they might also be able to set a new record for the biggest margin of victory. However, Gifu managed to pull one back and avoid conceding any more, saving themselves that indignity.

TRIVIA TIME! Without looking it up, does anybody know which teams have won by the most goals, and what the scores were in those matches? We’ll give you a clue: the biggest margin of victory in J1 was eight goals, and in J2 was seven!