|Yokohama F. Marinos emphatically returned to the top of the table with a thorough 3-0 win over Urawa Reds in the J-League's 23rd round.
In the highly-anticipated matchup between the league's second and third-placed teams, the hosts dominated early and often. The visitors from Saitama were clearly hurt by the loss of defender Ryota Moriwaki, who left the game in the ninth minute with a hip injury.
After 27 minutes of scoreless action it was captain Shunsuke Nakamura who broke the deadlock, aided in part by Daisuke Nasu's stunning defensive error. That goal was followed just two minutes later by the evergreen Marquinhos.
|Nakamura scored again just three minutes into the second half to all but seal the match for Marinos, who rose to 47 points on the season. They regained first place at the expense of Sanfrecce Hiroshima, who lost 2-0 at Ventforet Kofu.
Overall it was a night for attackers, with a stunning 38 goals scored across nine matches. Four fixtures featured five goals or more, including Shimizu S-Pulse's dramatic comeback win over Kashima Antlers and Kashiwa Reysol's shellacking of Shonan Bellmare.
FULL RESULTS FOR ROUND 23
|Vegalta Sendai 1-1 Cerezo Osaka
Kashiwa Reysol 5-2 Shonan Bellmare
FC Tokyo 2-3 Sagan Tosu
Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 Omiya Ardija
Ventforet Kofu 2-0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Albirex Niigata 4-2 Jubilo Iwata
Shimizu S-Pulse 4-3 Kashima Antlers
Nagoya Grampus 2-1 Oita Trinita
Yokohama F. Marinos 3-0 Urawa Reds