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J.League wrap: Neck and neck at top after draws

27 October 2012 14:45

The J.League's top two both picked up points on Saturday as Tokyo hammered relegated Consadole Sapporo 5-0.

Leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima rescued a point late on in a 1-1 draw at Gamba Osaka and saw second-placed Vegalta Sendai surrender a one-goal lead at Jubilo Iwata.

Both sides are on 55 points after the stalemates with Sanfrecce ahead on goal difference.

Japanese international Yasuhito Endo struck for relegation-threatened Gamba Osaka but Kazuyuki Morisaki was on hand in the 76th minute to make it 1-1.

Vegalta had gone provisional top through Shingo Akamine on 77 minutes but were felled by Kosuke Yamamoto, who made it 1-1 for Jubilo Iwata.

Naohiro Ishikawa scored a brace for Tokyo as they hit five goals past already relegated Consadole Sapporo, with four coming in the second half.

Third-placed Urawa Reds could not break through in a goalless draw with Cerezo Osaka and remain six points behind the top two.

Omiya Ardija were the other big winners, moving three points clear of the drop zone with a surprise 4-1 victory away to Kashiwa Reysol.

Zlatan Ljubijankic wrapped up his hat-trick for the visitors shortly after half-time to make it 3-0 in a one-sided clash.

Nagoya Grampus were stunned by Shunsuke Nakamura's stoppage-time equaliser after Keiji Tamada had give the home side a 1-0 lead three minutes from time.

Shimizu S-Pulse stayed in fourth with a 2-1 win against the Kashima Antlers and Yohei Toyoda scored both goals for Sagan Tosu in a 2-0 win over Albirex Niigata.

Vissel Kobe picked up another point on the road to survival after an entertaining 3-3 draw with Kawasaki Frontale.

Ken Tokura scored his second goal of the game as Vissel Kobe turned around a 3-1 deficit in the last 21 minutes.

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Competition
J1 League
Date
27 October 2012
Game week
30
Kick-off
10:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
5 - 0
Venue
Ajinomoto Stadium (Chōfu)
Attendance
20696

Goals

1 - 0
S. Tanabe 47'  
2 - 0
3 - 0
4 - 0
5 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
20
2 90+5'
3
14
30 17'
18 59' 64'
10
4
7
27 47'
49
Coach: R. Popović

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
32 81'
17
9
1
5
11
33
# Player Bookings
27
32
8
30
34
38

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J1 League table

# Team MP D P
3 17 +11 34
4 17 +9 34
5 17 +9 30
6 17 +6 30
7 17 +13 29

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