J-League Round 23 Wrap-Up: Marinos dominate rival Reds at home

A Shunsuke Nakamura double was enough to send the Yokohama outfit back to the top of J1 on a night where an average of over four goals per match were scored
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.


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