Yokohama F Marinos will start week two as leaders of the J-League after a 4-2 win over newly-promoted Shonan Bellmare, though it was not plain sailing for the Marinos.
A trademark free kick from Shunsuke Nakamura put the Marinos into the lead only for Bellmare to equaliser from the re-start with a great long range effort from Thiago Quirino. There were plenty of goals remaining in this tie as Thiago again proved Marinos undoing as he but Bellmare into the lead with his second of the day - the unmissable striker with the Neymar-esqe mohawk really impressing on his return to J1.
That was the best it would get for Bellmare though as three goals in the last 15 minutes won the game for the Marinos, who travel to Shimizu S-Pulse who will be looking to take three points after a 2-2 draw with another newly-promoted side Omiya Ardija.
Current champions Sanfreece Hiroshima had a start to forget as they lost to Urawa Red Diamonds at home for the first time since 2007. Last season’s MVP Hisato Sato failed to get on the scoresheet as Urawa Red’s scored two, courtesy of Yosuke Kashiwagi and Genki Haraguchi, Sanfreece’s goal coming from Koji Morisaki.
The Red’s will hope to continue their good start and have a home tie this weekend against Nagoya Grampus who drew one a piece against 2001 champions Jubilo Iwata. Sanfreece will be hoping to erase last weekend’s result with a victory over Albirex Niigata who only just beat relegation last season and were hoping for a vast improvement this year. However, they failed to in their bid to win their opening game of the season with a loss to Cerezo Osaka, whom themselves also only just starved off relegation to J2 last season.
AFC Champions League new boys Vegalta Sendai welcomed Ventforet Kofu to J1 with an entertaining 1-1 draw. For Ventforet this extended their unbeaten run, stretching from J2 last season, to 25 games. For Sendai they travel to Kashima Antlers who also drew 1-1, this time away at Sagan Tosu and Ventforet entertains Cerezo Osaka.
FC Tokyo currently occupy third in the table after a hard fought 2-1 win away at Oita Trinita who will have been disappointed not to have taken something away from this game. FC Tokyo now face the winners from the game of the week, Kashiwa Reysol vs Kawasaki Frontale.
Cleo scored two of three goals on his debut, as Reysol inflicted defeat on Frontale, who only managed a Renatinho consolation goal direct from a corner. Reysol’s other scorer was Masato Kudo, who will have been very pleased to have continued where he left off last season, after scoring 13 goals in 27 starts.
So to week two and some great fixtures are placed in front of us, one of the most notable will be Vegalta Sendai’s trip to Kashima Antlers, whilst Sanfreece will be hoping to get off the mark away at Niigata.
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