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Fans who voyaged to away games near and far were often rewarded for their efforts as home teams triumphed in just three out of nine games on the weekend



J-League Division 1


2014 Season, Round 6

ALBIREX NIIGATA
0 0 YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS
Posts and crossbars were the heroes of the game as Albirex and Marinos played to a scoreless draw in front of over 21,000 fans at Big Swan Stadium in Niigata. The visitors were unable to avenge their two losses to Albirex in 2013 despite a 12-7 shot advantage.

NAGOYA GRAMPUS
2 5 SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA
Joshua Kennedy’s early goal wasn’t enough to hold back the defending champions, who equalised via Hisato Sato and captured the win with four second-half goals. In addition to Sato’s penalty kick just after the hour mark, national team training camp call-ups Tsukasa Shiotani and Naoki Ishihara both found the net. Kennedy’s late PK was neutralised by Gakuto Notsuda’s 88th-minute score to seal the result.

KASHIWA REYSOL
2 1 CEREZO OSAKA
Ranko Popovic’s all-star Cerezo Osaka squad continued to misfire as they were outplayed by hosts Reysol in a 2-1 loss. Junya Tanaka opened scoring in the 6th minute before assisting Leandro’s goal late in the second half. Cerezo right back Yusuke Maruhashi scored a 90th-minute consolation goal, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Reysol from claiming their first home win of the year.

VENTFORET KOFU
0 1 SHIMIZU S-PULSE
Shun Nagasawa’s 22nd-minute goal was the difference maker in the encounter at Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium. The 25-year-old’s third goal of the season boosted the Shizuoka side out of the relegation zone.

TOKUSHIMA VORTIS 0 4 KAWASAKI FRONTALE
An eighth-minute own-goal was just the beginning of the day’s misery for Vortis as Yoshito Okubo, Yasuhito Morishima, and Junichi Inamoto all added to their accounts for Frontale, who rose to fourth in the standings. The hosts ended the day with an -18 goal difference, having scored just once in six games.

OMIYA ARDIJA
0 3 VISSEL KOBE
Pedro Junior scored his fifth of the season at the stroke of half-time for Vissel, who with additional goals by Marquinhos and Ryota Morioka moved into fourth place with a decisive win. Adding injury to insult, Ardija goalkeeper Takashi Kitano suffered a shoulder dislocation and will undergo a medical evaluation this week.

FC TOKYO 2 1 SAGAN TOSU
After taking a second-half lead through goals by Hiroki Kawano and Sota Hirayama, Tokyo absorbed a Yohei Toyoda score to hold on for their first home win of 2014. Despite the second straight victory, Massimo Ficcadenti's men have yet to claim a clean sheet this season.


GAMBA OSAKA
0 2 KASHIMA ANTLERS
Foreign attackers Davi and Caio netted on either side of half-time for Antlers, who held on to first place for another week. Gamba, who managed just six shots to Antlers’ 17, are carrying a four-game winless streak into their Osaka Derby showdown at Cerezo on Saturday.


URAWA REDS
4 0 VEGALTA SENDAI
Tadanari Lee’s double spearheaded a potent Reds attack that also featured goals by Tomoya Ugajin and Keita Suzuki. Lee, who also scored in the mid-week Nabisco Cup game, fell short of a hat-trick after missing two chances in front of the goal. Regardless, his effort was more than enough to leave Graham Arnold’s Vegalta side with just two points from six games.

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