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The twice-capped Samurai Blue player built on the good impression he made at Japan's national team selection camp earlier this week with a fine long-range goal

Yohei Toyoda earned Goal’s MVP honours for Round 7 for his winning performance against Ventforet Kofu.

A day after celebrating his 29th birthday, the Sagan Tosu striker capitalised on a poor clearance to rip a right-footed shot from several yards outside the penalty area into the lower corner of the net. His sixth goal of the season doubled Sagan’s lead, moving the Kyushu side up to fifth in the J-League table.
Elsewhere in our Best XI, a 3-5-2 for this week, Sanfrecce Hiroshima goalkeeper Takuto Hayashi is joined by defensive teammates Hiroki Mizumoto and Kazuhiko Chiba, all of whom kept FC Tokyo off the scoreboard in their 1-0 Big Arch win.

Albirex Niigata’s Kentaro Oi rounds out the three-back line for his contributions to a 2-1 away win at Kashima Antlers.

Kashiwa Reysol’s Han Kook-Young and Vissel Kobe’s Simplicio serve as our central midfielders; Han played a fantastic game in Reysol’s 1-1 draw against Kawasaki Frontale while Simplicio scored the opener in Vissel’s 3-0 win against Vortis.

Next are a set of powerful attacking midfielders in double-scorers Hiroyuki Abe and Diego Forlan. The two combined for four fantastic goals in the Osaka Derby, including Abe's incredible split-second strikes and an unbelievable free kick from the 2010 World Cup MVP. They're accompanied by Shimizu S-Pulse ace Genki Omae, who contributed a late goal to a 2-0 win against Omiya Ardija.

On top, Toyoda is partnered with Shingo Akamine, who scored twice in Vegalta Sendai’s first win of the season.


Hayashi (Sanfrecce)

Mizumoto (Sanfrecce), Chiba (Sanfrecce), Oi (Albirex)

Han (Reysol), Simplicio (Vissel)

H. Abe (Gamba), Forlan (Cerezo), Omae (S-Pulse)

Toyoda (Sagan), Akamine (Vegalta)

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