Urawa Reds are once again four points clear of second placed Gamba Osaka, following Gamba’s shock 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Yokohama F. Marinos.
A near-capacity crowd of 19,419 turned out at Expo ’70 Stadium on September 16 but the majority went home stunned as a brace from Daisuke Sakata dented Gamba’s title aspirations.
A day earlier, a crowd of 22,675 turned out in Hiroshima – their largest gate of the season, as Urawa easily disposed of hosts Sanfrecce 4-2, with livewire striker Tatsuya Tanaka taking his goal tally to eight goals in twelve games since returning from injury.
At the other end of the table, Ventforet Kofu put up a valiant display in the so-called Mount Fuji derby before ultimately going down 2-0 to Shimizu S-Pulse in front of 18,101 fans at Nihondaira Stadium.
With Omiya Ardija losing 2-0 to Jubilo Iwata, both clubs look doomed to spend the rest of the season in the relegation zone, given that Oita Trinita have pulled five points clear of the bottom three, following their most recent 2-2 draw with Kawasaki Frontale.
Jubilo Iwata coach Adilson resigns
Former fan favourite Adilson resigned as coach of Jubilo Iwata in the aftermath of Jubilo’s 1-0 defeat to local rivals Shimizu S-Pulse in the Shizuoka derby on September 1.
The Brazilian had already been under pressure following Jubilo’s first derby loss of the season in May, and his propensity to chop and change his starting eleven meant that Jubilo struggled to gain any momentum throughout the season.
Former assistant Atsushi Uchiyama has been promoted to first team coach, and he oversaw a 2-0 away win over strugglers Omiya Ardija in his first match in charge, in a match notable for the return to …Read More →