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League-leaders Yokohama F. Marinos dropped points at home to Nagoya Grampus but still remain at the top of the league by one point.




J-League Division 1


Round 31

FC TOKYO
1 2 CEREZO OSAKA
A rare crowd of over 40,000 was not enough to push FC Tokyo to a win againt Cerezo Osaka. Eighteen-year-old wonderkid Takumi Minamino scored the opening goal just after the half hour mark, but Aria Jasuru Hasegawa found a response to bring Tokyo even in the 70th minute.

The honours-even scoreline was not to stand, as Yoichiro Kakitani scored a late dagger with three minutes remaining to push Cerezo Osaka back into the ACL picture and disappoint the masses gathered at Ajinomoto Stadium.

YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS
1 2 NAGOYA GRAMPUS
A profligate Marinos side were unable to find their winning ways without captain Shunsuke Nakamura, who is recovering from a gallbladder infection and may miss the remainder of the season. Joshua Kennedy's eighth-minute penalty kick gave Grampus the early lead, and Shingo Hyodo's equalizer in the 51st minute was negated just two minutes later through Jungo Fujimoto's strike.

SHONAN BELLMARE
1 2 KASHIMA ANTLERS
After losing midfielder Ken Iwao to his second caution in the 34th minute, it seemed like struggling Shonan never had a chance following Mitsuo Ogasawara's goal for Antlers just three minutes later. The hosts endured, however, and were given a brief glimmer of hope when Wataru Endo evened the scoreline in the 91st minute. Waiting in the wings to rain on their parade was national team call-up Yuya Osako, whose goal just a minute later put Bellmare periously close to yet another one-and-done relegation season. With nine points separating the Kanagawa side from Ventforet Kofu, they will need three wins and a lot of luck to survive.

OMIYA ARDIJA
1 2 VENTFORET KOFU
Another embarassing loss for Ardija was a much-needed result for Ventforet Kofu, who will be the only promoted club to play in next season's J1 with one more point from three games. An own goal gave the visitors a 21st-minute advantage, and Ardija didn't make it any easier for themselves when Zlatan saw a second yellow card early in the second half. Ventforet doubled their lead in the 81st minute via Patrick, while the glum hosts settled for a Novakovic consolation goal two minutes into additional time.

KASHIWA REYSOL
1 1 SANFRECCE HIROSHIMA
Reysol's Tetsuro Ota and Sanfrecce's Toshihiro Aoyama's second-half goals were enough to send the two sides home at honours even in front of over 12,000 fans at Hitachi Kashiwa Stadium. The result was disappointing for Sanfrecce, who missed a prime opportunity to pick up three points on Marinos who had lost earlier in the day and dominated the match with 13 shots to Reysol's six.

SAGAN TOSU
1 0 JUBILO IWATA
Ryuhei Niwa's goal in the 25th minute was all Tosu needed for a win over Jubilo Iwata, which confirmed the visitors' first-ever relegation to the second division. The three-time league champions were cheered on by a large number of travelling supporters even after the final whistle blew, despite having won just three games this season.


OITA TRINITA
1 3 ALBIREX NIIGATA
Already-relegated Trinita got off on the wrong foot at home when goalkeeper Keisuke Shimizu's clearance bounced off Albirex striker Tatsuya Tanaka's back and into the goal. Trinita youngster Masaya Matsumoto managed to find an equalizer in the 40th minute, but Kengo Kawamata's strike just short of halftime put Albirex in the lead for good with an insurance goal by Atomu Tanaka sealing the deal in the 56th minute.


KAWASAKI FRONTALE
2 0 SHIMIZU S-PULSE
A double for league-leading scorer Yoshito Okubo raised his tally to 24 for the season, including a late penalty kick that had S-Pulse seeing red. The visitors were outshot 19 to six on the day and had to make do without many of their famously boistrous supporters, who received banning orders following last round's Shizuoka Derby.

 

VEGALTA SENDAI
3 3 URAWA REDS
Marinos' earlier loss gave the Reds a chance to climb back into the league lead, but they were unfortunate to leave Miyagi Stadium with just one point after a wild back-and-forth with Vegalta Sendai.

The teams traded early goals when Wilson scored just two minutes in for the hosts and Tsukasa Umesaki found an equalizer less than five minutes later. Shinzo Koroki sent the visitors into halftime with a 2-1 lead, but that lasted until the 47th minute when Shingo Akamine scored Vegalta's second. Koroki's second goal sent Reds up 3-2, but Naoki Ishikawa's stoppage time effort sent the teams home honours even.

 

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