The new J.League season got underway with eight matches today. Defending champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima were defeated 2-1 by Urawa Red Diamonds, while FC Tokyo beat Oita Trinita by the same scoreline.
A stoppage-time strike from Ryota Moriwaki kept Sanfrecce Hiroshima two points clear in the J.League, while Urawa Red Diamonds were humiliated 5-0 by Gamba Osaka.
The scoring exploits of Leandro Damiao, Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Moussa Konate and USA and Canada's women feature alongside a string of spot-kick failures for River Plate in FIFA.com's latest stats review.
FIFA.com’s weekly review of Asian club football looks at a fresh campaign beginning in Saudi Arabia with a familiar look, champions crowned in Iraq, and new leaders in Japan as Marcus Tulio Tanaka claimed an improbable goal mark.
Vegalta Sendai are a point clear in the J.League after salvaging a 2-2 draw against Yokohama F Marinos as Sanfrecce Hiroshima were beaten, while Marcus Tulio Tanaka grabbed four goals during a Nagoya Grampus rout.
Keiji Tamada, Jungo Fujimoto and Marcus Tulio Tanaka scored the goals as Nagoya Grampus sunk Central Coast Mariners 3-0 to reach the knockout phase of the AFC Champions League.