Kashiwa slump continues, Tokyo make it two
Champions Kashiwa Reysol are still waiting for their first win of the new J.League season after losing 1-0 at Urawa Red Diamonds.
Ranko Despotovic grabbed the only goal of the game on 36 minutes to leave Kashiwa, who also lost their opening AFC Champions League game, winless to start the new season.
Two out of two for Tokyo
By contrast, newly-promoted FC Tokyo continued their flying start to be one of four teams with perfect records after two games.
The capital club defied expectation when they won their Champions League opener at Australian champions Brisbane Roar a fortnight ago and a 3-2 win over last season's runners-up Nagoya Grampus today meant they are among the early league pacesetters.
Naohiro Ishikawa struck twice after Keiji Tamada opened the scoring for Nagoya. Aria Jasuru Hasegawa also netted to ensure Kensuke Nagai's 87th-minute goal was only a consolation.
Vegalta Sendai are top, and without having yet conceded, following a 2-0 win at Yokohama F Marinos. Shingo Akamine scored first on 43 minutes before a Yoshiaki Ota penalty in second-half injury time.
Vissel Kobe and Kawasaki Frontale are the other teams with perfect records after two rounds. Vissel came from behind to beat Consadole Sapporo 2-1, Gakuto Kondo and Ken Tokura netting after Masaki Yamamoto's seventh-minute opener, while Renato scored the only goal on 45 minutes as Kawasaki won 1-0 at Kashima Antlers.
Cerezo win derby
Gamba Osaka were upset 2-1 at Cerezo Osaka thanks to Everton Kempes' 90th-minute winner. Paulinho had cancelled out the opener from Branquinho.
Australia international Alex Brosque continued his goalscoring form as Shimizu S-Pulse beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1. Brosque netted twice in the Socceroos' 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier against Saudi Arabia last week and opened the scoring on nine minutes. Toshiyuki Takagi made it 2-0 on 34 minutes before Kazuhiko Chiba at least got Sanfrecce on the scoreboard.
There were also 2-1 wins for Omiya Ardija and Jubilo Iwata against Albirex Niigata and Sagan Tosu respectively. Kosuke Kikuchi and Rafael Marques grabbed the goals for Omiya after Bruno Lopes' 20th-minute opener.
Jubilo also came from behind, with Yohei Toyoda's 17th-minute goal overhauled by Hiroki Yamada and Yuichi Komano.