Vortis 0-0 V-Varen Nagasaki
Vortis Subs: Aizawa, Uchida (Eto 77′), Hashiuchi, Osaki (Tomo Hirose 84′), Saito, Sasaki, Yu Hasegawa (Tsuda 71′)
Nagasaki (Subs): Okubo, Yon-Jick Lee, Maeda, Cho, Miki (Furube 79′), Kurogi, Inoue, Kanzaki, Kajikawa (Yong Jae Lee 75′), Azuma (Sato 66′), Kimura
Vortis had the better of a fairly even first half, but only Yu Eto’s strike from the edge of the box troubled the ‘keeper. Thereafter, it was Toru Hasegawa who was the busier goalie, forced to make several good saves in the second half to prevent the visitors taking the lead.
Cerezo 4-1 Tochigi SC
Cerezo Subs: Takeda, Nakazawa (Yamashita 79′), Tanaka, Kusukami, Yoshino (Tamada 85′), Magno Cruz, Edmilson (Tashiro 85′)
Tochigi (Subs): Takeshige, Arabori, Joo Yong Lee, Hee Hoon Han, Nakano, Hirose (Johnathan 60′), Homma, Onodera (Kan 27′), Nakami, Sakano (Kawamoto 69′), Kaneko
Scorers: Cerezo; Tamada 18′, 67′ Pablo 22′, Tashiro 42′, Tochigi; Kawamoto 90+3′
An entertaining first half saw Cerezo go in at half time with a 3-0 lead, with Keiji Tamada calmly chipping the keeper to opening the scoring after 18 minutes (by which time both teams should have already scored). A Pablo header from Nori Sakemoto’s cross, and Tashiro’s finish after being put through the middle (needed to control the ball with a hand, but got away with it), rounded out the scoring for the half.
Tamada scored his second of the game, when Tochigi goalie Tokushige fumbled a cross into his path, 20 minutes into the second half. Cerezo should probably have added to their lead earlier in the half, but having taken a 4-0 lead eased off the pace and created few chances after that. Tochigi got a late consolation when Kawamoto put home the rebound after a Jonathan free kick came back off the inside of a post.
JEF United 1-1 Sanga
Sanga Subs: Sugimoto, IWase, Uchida, Yamaguchi, Sasaki (Miyayoshi 87′), Oguro (Arita 53′), Ferro (Tamori 74′)
JEF (Subs): Takagi, Oiwa, Kim, Kuriyama, Nakamura, Paulinho (Kanai 90+1′), Tomisawa, Pecnik, Ide (Tanaka 80′), Riki Matsuda, Morimoto (Byong Jun An 59′)
Scorers: JEF; Morimoto 36′, Sanga; Oguro 87′
Sanga earned a valuable away point when the home team failed to capitalise on their advantage. The JEF cause was not helped by a couple of decisions that denied them two goals. First, a Haruya Ide goal was ruled out for a foul on Morimoto in the build-up (the ref, Toru Takinuma, obviously never heard of the advantage rule.), and then a Tamori’s goal-line clearance was deemed to have not crossed the line in what must have been a very close decision. As it was, Kyoto went in at half time trailing by only a single goal, rather than two or three.
JEF continued to have the better chances in a more even second half, but were forced to share the points when Masashi Oguro flicked in Yuto Ito’s cross from close range. Sanga were thankful for a good save by Shimizu in additional time to hang on for the point.