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A scoreless draw in the last league match at the National Stadium allowed the Kyushu outfit to rise to the top of the table as fans enjoyed another round of Tuesday football



J-League Division 1


2014 Season, Round 12

VEGALTA SENDAI
4 3 VISSEL KOBE
At one point trailing 2-0 thanks to goals by Marquinhos and Pedro Junior, Vegalta Sendai stormed back in the second half with Wilson’s three-minute double. Just two minutes after Keijiro Ogawa put visiting Vissel back in the lead, Yoshiaki Ota and Yuki Muto scored to give Vegalta an unforgettable home win.

FC TOKYO
0 1 OMIYA ARDIJA
Despite long stretches of Tokyo domination, it was Omiya Ardija’s Yu Hasegawa  who split two defenders to deliver a fantastically-placed shot from outside of the penalty area for the winning goal. The loss was Tokyo’s third 1-0 defeat in three straight games, making the Golden Week Sprint one to forget for fans in the capital.

ALBIREX NIIGATA
2 1 SHIMIZU S-PULSE
Atomu Tanaka’s second goal in two games kicked off scoring in the second half, with the last two goals dramatically arriving in extra time. Yasuhiro Hiraoka equalised for the visitors in the 92nd minute before Calvin Jong-a-Pin unintentionally looped a clearance over his own goalkeeper for a game-winning own goal.

KASHIMA ANTLERS
1 2 NAGOYA GRAMPUS
29-year-old Yoshizumi Ogawa struck first for Grampus at Kashima Stadium, only to see his effort neutralised by a Davi penalty kick two minutes before halftime. Struggling Grampus would get the last laugh in the end through veteran Keiji Tamada’s 54th-minute goal, giving the visitors a much-needed boost in the standings.

SAGAN TOSU 1 0 KASHIWA REYSOL
Few will accuse Sagan Tosu of copying the dynamic displays at Sanfrecce Hiroshima and other clubs, but none can deny that the plucky Kyushu side are in first place through Ryota Hayasaka’s lone goal against Kashiwa Reysol. The match was a decidedly low-octane affair, with the two teams combining for just 11 shots and no cautions.

VENTFORET KOFU
0 0 URAWA REDS
After plenty of pomp and circumstance to commemorate the final J-League game at Tokyo National Stadium, Ventforet Kofu and Urawa Reds stepped up to deliver 90 minutes of frustrating football to the assembled crowd of over 36,000 fans. Not without their share of chances despite a dominant Urawa side, Ventforet finished the game with 10 men after captain Hideomi Yamamoto was shown a second yellow card in additional time.

GAMBA OSAKA
3 0 TOKUSHIMA VORTIS
Takashi Usami scored his first goal of 2014 as Gamba romped to a 3-0 win over hapless Vortis. Hiroyuki Abe and Shu Kurata also added to their tallies for the season in the victory, which allowed Gamba to briefly escape the relegation zone.


CEREZO OSAKA - - KAWASAKI FRONTALE
Due to AFC Champions League commitments, this match will be played on Tuesday, July 15.


SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA
- - YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS
Due to AFC Champions League commitments, this match will be played on Tuesday, July 15.

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