Yokohama F. Marinos vs. Ventforet Kofu  1 - 1

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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.

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J.League Wrap: Yokohama held to draw, Urawa lose

27 April 2013 14:51

Yokohama F. Marinos missed a chance to move to the top of the J.League table with a 1-1 home draw against Ventforet Kofu on Saturday.

Omiya Ardija climbed to first with a 4-0 thrashing of Kashiwa Reysol on Friday and Yokohama F. Marinos failed to respond at the Nissan Stadium.

They were in the lead for the majority of the game though, after former Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

That looked like it would be enough to give them the three points they needed to return to the top of the league but the visitors had other ideas.

Naoaki Aoyama scored a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser for Ventforet Kofu as they extended their unbeaten run on the road to five matches.

The third-placed Urawa Reds slumped to a 1-0 home defeat against Shimizu S-Pulse, with Brazilian forward Bare netting the game's only goal after 64 minutes.

Kashima Antlers jumped to fourth thanks to a 3-2 away win at Albirex Niigata.

Gaku Shibasaki handed the winners the lead after just six minutes before an end-to-end second half excited the fans at the Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium.

Davi's 56th-minute goal put Kashima 2-0 ahead but Sho Naruoka produced a quick response for the hosts.

And even though Kashima's two-goal advantage was restored by Kazuya Yamamura with 12 minutes left, a stoppage-time goal from Kentaro Ohi gave the winners some nervous moments.

Jubilo Iwata thumped Shonan Bellmare 4-0 in a battle of two teams who have struggled this season.

Hiroki Yamada gave Jubilo the perfect start with a goal inside the first minute and Takuya Matsuura's strike doubled their lead.

Masahiko Inoha and Ryohei Yamazaki netted after the half-time break to seal the easy win.

Other results saw FC Tokyo defeat Kawasaki Frontale 2-0, Nagoya Grampus and Sanfreece Hiroshima played out a 1-1 draw while there were no goals in the meeting between Cerezo Osaka and Oita Trinita.

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