Sendai remain unbeaten, Shimizu win
J.League leaders Vegalta Sendai kept their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw against Sagan Tosu today. Sendai midfielder Shingo Tomita's scored in the 19th minute. But Yohei Toyoda pulled Tosu level in the 57th minute when he collected a long ball from behind to score.
Tosu's Korean coach Yoon Jong-Hwan said: "I'm not satisfied with the draw, but we were able to do what we needed to do. My players did their job very well until the end." Sendai have now 23 points from seven wins and two draws, ahead of Shimizu S-Pulse on 18 points, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Urawa Red Diamonds on 16 points, and Sagan Tosu on 15 points.
Shimizu outclassed Kashima Antlers 3-0, while Hiroshima crashed 1-0 against Albirex Niigata. Urawa went down to Yokohama Marinos 2-1 with Brazilian striker Marquinhos scoring the decider in the 88th minute.
In other games, Consadole Sapporo finally posted their first win of the season in their ninth game by beating Cerezo Osaka 1-0 thanks to Yusuke Kondo's goal in the 25th minute. Vissel Kobe powered past Omiya Ardija 3-0, while Kawasaki Frontale faced a scare before beating Jubilo Iwata 4-3.