Kashiwa Reysol vs. Omiya Ardija  0 - 4


J.League wrap: Omiya assume top spot, Yokohama held

29 April 2013 04:59

Omiya Ardija moved top of the J.League table with a 4-0 thumping of Kashiwa Reysol, while former leaders Yokohama could only draw.

Last season's second-division champions Ventforet Kofu stunned Yokohama F. Marinos with a 95th-minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw, allowing Omiya to move into top spot with their fifth consecutive victory.

Slovenian striker Milivoje Novakovic scored twice for Omiya as they destroyed Kashiwa, who remain well of the pace in 11th on the ladder.

Novakovic started Friday's rout when he got on the end of a left-wing cross in the 19th minute to tap the ball home and Omiya led 2-0 at the break thanks to Shohei Takahashi's strike on the stroke of half-time.

Omiya extended their lead to three goals in the 55th minute after Zlatan Ljubijankic was brought down in the penalty area and Novakovic scored from the spot, while the visitors completed their emphatic win eight minutes later thanks to a goal from Cho Young-Cheol.

Having never finished higher than 12th in the J.League, the weekend is a famous one for Omiya as they moved to the top of Japanese football on 20 points.

Yokohama (19 points) had looked on track to retain the lead in Japan's top tier after leading through Shunsuke Nakamura's fourth-minute goal but were pegged back in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time when Naoki Aoyama scored for Kofu.

Urawa Red Diamonds could have joined Yokohama on 19 points but slumped to a 1-0 loss to Shimizu S-Pulse, while reigning champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima had to fight back from a goal down to draw 1-1 away to Nagoya Grampus and Kashima Antlers triumphed 3-2 in a goal-fest against Albirex Niigata.

In other results, Cerezo Osaka and Oita Trinita played out a scoreless draw, Jubilo Iwata thumped Shonan Bellmare 4-0, FC Tokyo overcame Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 and Vegalta Sendai drew 1-1 with Sagan Tosu.


Omiya Ardija extend record run to go top in Japan

27 April 2013 00:01

A fifth-successive win sent Omiya Ardija top of the J League on Friday, as they comfortably disposed of Kashiwa Reysol 4-0.

Last week's victory over local rival Urawa Reds was their 18th without defeat, a new J League record.

And the comprehensive victory in Kashiwa was enough for them to leapfrog Yokohama F Marinos, into top spot.

Omiya, who remain the only unbeaten side in the J League this season, started brightly against the 2011 champions.

And the positive start was rewarded in the 19th minute when Milivoje Novakovic tapped home to round off a swift counter attack.

The lead was doubled just before half time through Shohei Takahashi - the 21-year-old poking in after a short corner found its way into the area.

Kashiwa Reysol have endured a mixed start to the campaign both domestically and in the AFC Champions League.

And they were the architects of their own downfall in the second half, as Hirofumi Watanabe's foul 10 minutes after the break presented Novakovic the chance to double his tall from the penalty spot.

The Slovenian made no mistake, and just eight minutes later the games was sewn up by South Korean striker Young-Cheol Cho, who capatilised on a lucky ricohet and finished comfortably past Takanori Sugeno.

Omiya Ardija failed to add to their tally during the remaining half an hour and cantered to a convincing victory that leaves them on twenty points from their opening 8 fixtures, two points clear of second place.

But their spell at the top may not last long, with Yokohama hosting mid-table Ventforet Kofu on Saturday.

Kashiwa Reysol remain eighth on 10 points.


J.League Preview: Omiya Ardija keen to extend streak

24 April 2013 10:35

Omiya Ardija - the last unbeaten side left in the J.League - are away at Kashiwa Reysol on Friday, kicking off week eight in Japan.

Five wins and two draws have seen Zdenko Verdenik's men maintain the only unblemished record in the Japanese top flight, after league leaders Yokohama F Marinos were beaten in their last outing by Albirex Niigata and the previously-unbeaten Urawa Reds lost to Omiya.

They have had an even spread of goalscorers - with Slovenian import Zlatan Ljubijankic (three) their leading scorer in his second season with the club.

He will be up against one of the equal-leaders in the Golden Boot standings on Friday, Kashiwa's Masato Kudo (six), who is level with Yokohama's Marquinhos and Sagan Tosu's Yohei Toyoda.

Nagoya Grampus' hosting of champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima is the pick of the Saturday kick-offs.

Hiroshima are flying high in fourth spot in the table as they make an early push for AFC Champions League action, and have had three clean-sheet victories in their past four.

Their sixth-placed hosts are led by Australian striker Josh Kennedy, who scored in his first start this season - albeit in a 3-1 loss to Tokyo last weekend.

Nagoya can climb above Hiroshima with a victory, with just two points separating the clubs.

They will hope history does not repeat, though, as they have dropped points in the 90th minute in their past two clashes with Hiroshima due to goals from Ryota Moriwaki.

Thankfully for Nagoya, Moriwaki now plies his trade with Urawa.

Elsewhere, leaders Yokohama are hosting mid-table Ventforet Kofu - with the latter aiming to extend a run of four matches unbeaten.

Urawa are hoping to bounce back from their first defeat when they welcome Shimizu S-Pulse, who are level on nine points with Kofu.

Kashima Antlers are sitting pretty in fifth and haven't been beaten in three, ahead of their visit to Albirex Niigata - who are high on confidence after silencing Yokohama.

Cerezo Osaka have gone off the rails after winning their first three matches this season, only gaining two points from their next four, and will hope to end a poor spell when they tackle winlees Oita Trinita at home.

Jubilo Iwata are also looking for their first triumph, as they prepare to tackle Shonan Bellmare in an all drop-zone affair.

Tokyo snapped a four-match losing streak last time out with a come-from-behind win over Nagoya, and they host Kawasaki Frontale - who brought up their first win this season in their most recent fixture.

In the lone Sunday fixture, 2012 runners-up Vegalta Sendai will host Sagan Tosu.

J1 League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +22 63
2 34 +18 62
3 34 +14 60
4 34 +21 59
5 34 +8 59
6 34 +10 58
7 34 +6 55
8 34 +14 54
9 34 -9 50
10 34 -3 48
11 34 -1 47
12 34 -9 46
13 34 +3 45
14 34 -3 45
15 34 -11 37
16 34 -28 25
17 34 -16 23
18 34 -36 14