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  • November 30, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Toyota Stadium, Toyota
  • Referee: H. Matsuo
  • • Attendance: 26369
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Marinos failed to impress in front of their home crowd.

J-League Round 33 Wrap-Up: Title race heads into final weekend as Marinos fail to clinch at home

Marinos failed to impress in front of their home crowd.

Marinos' loss in front of a capacity crowd gave Sanfrecce a chance to defend their crown on December 7 in what is sure to be another memorable J-League season finale




J-League Division 1


Round 33

OMIYA ARDIJA
3 0 JUBILO IWATA
In what may have been one of the least-hyped matches of the day, Omiya Ardija broke their eight-game losing streak against an even worse opponent thanks to a brace from Yu Hasegawa in the 36th and 82nd minutes sandwiching a Takuya Aoki strike in the 67th minute. It was Ardija's first win at home since August 31.

YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS
0 2 ALBIREX NIIGATA
With a record crowd of 62,632 awaiting the coronation of a new J-League champion at Nissan Stadium, it was instead the visitors who stole the stage with a pair of second-half goals that came against the run of play. Kengo Kawamata broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute, with Musashi Suzuki adding to the misery for Marinos, who must now win at Kanagawa Derby rivals Kawasaki Frontale next week to secure their first title in nine years.

CEREZO OSAKA
1 2 KASHIMA ANTLERS
The last home game for departing Cerezo manager Levir Culpi was also a showdown between two of the national team's rising stars. Yuya Osako demonstrated his skill in the 25th minute to give Antlers the lead, but Yoichiro Kakitani responded just 13 minutes later with a superb display of handling before a fantastic finish. In the end it was Atsutaka Nakamura's 85th-minute goal that thrust Antlers into third place with a chance to secure a return to the AFC Champions League.

SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA
1 0 SHONAN BELLMARE
Toshihiro Aoyama's goal in the 36th minute was enough to give Sanfrecce the win they needed over already-relegated Bellmare. The defending champions could be the 'shock' winners this year with a win at Antlers and a Marinos loss or draw in the J-League's final round.

SAGAN TOSU
4 1 URAWA REDS
Despite several thousand Urawa faithful giving Best Amenity Stadium a distinct 'home away from home' feel, Ryota Hayasaka and Yohei Toyoda set the visitors straight with a pair of first-half goals to put Sagan firmly in the lead. Toyoda would go on to score two more goals at the end of the match to complete the hat-trick, including a penalty kick in the 90th minute.

Daisuke Nasu recorded the consolation for the Reds, who are now eliminated from championship contention and must rely on several results going in their favour to earn an ACL spot.

VEGALTA SENDAI
1 2 SHIMIZU S-PULSE
First-half goals by Sho Ito and Dzenan Radoncic were enough to see S-Pulse past Vegalta, who had a chance to equalise in the second half following Wilson's penalty kick. The home finale at Yurtec Stadium was a tearful farewell for manager Makoto Teguramori, who after six seasons will be leaving to take over Japan's Olympic team.


KASHIWA REYSOL
4 1 FC TOKYO
The hosts rolled over Tokyo in this virtual dead rubber, with Junya Tanaka providing a hat-trick that included two first-half penalties and Masato Kudo slotting in just after half-time. Tokyo supporters did get to enjoy a rare goal from Naohiro Ishikawa, who has been injured for most of the season.


NAGOYA GRAMPUS 0 0 VENTFORET KOFU
The final home game for Grampus manager Dragan 'Pixy' Stojkovic ended in a scoreless draw, reflecting what has been a frustrating season for the 2010 champions.

OITA TRINITA
0 1 KAWASAKI FRONTALE
With just over 10,000 in attendance at the Oita Bank Dome, Yoshito Okubo all but locked up the J1 Golden Boot with his 26th goal of the year, this time against woeful Trinita. The result puts Frontale in 5th place, giving them a chance at finishing the season as high as third should several results go their way on Saturday.


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