Defending J.League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima returned to the top of the table as they beat Shimizu S-Pulse 3-1, while Oita Trinita were relegated following a 2-0 loss to Cerezo Osaka.
Yokohama Marinos extended their lead at the top of the J.League to four points with a 1-0 win over Shimizu S-Pulse, while Sanfrecce Hiroshima moved into second place on goal difference with a win over Albirex Nagata.
Daigo Watanabe scored one goal and assisted another to lead J.League leaders Omiya Ardija to a 2-1 win over Shonan Bellmare, while Urawa Red Diamonds thrashed Sagan Tosu 6-2.
Guangzhou Evergrande sealed progression to the AFC Champions League last-16 despite a 3-2 defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds, a result that keeps the victors in with a shout at progression themselves.
The AFC Champions League group stage kicks-off this week with a host of traditional elite joined by a number of competition debutants all seeking to be crowned Asian club kings.
Vegalta Sendai are five points clear in the J.League after beating Nagoya Grampus 4-0, while Kashima Antlers thrashed Consadole Sapporo 7-0 with seven different players on the scoresheet.