2005 J-League champions Gamba Osaka have opened up a four point lead at the top of the J-League table, after they plunged JEF United further into crisis with a 2-1 win at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba.
Former Sagan Tosu striker Tatsunori Arai opened the scoring for JEF United with an acrobatic volley, before Gamba midfielder Tomokazu Myojin equalised midway through the second half. With a minute remaining Gamba were awarded a contentious free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, and Japan midfielder Yasuhito Endo made no mistake, smashing an unstoppable drive passed Tomonori Tateishi in the United goal.
The loss means that JEF United are now entrenched in the relegation zone, with Bosnian coach Amar Osim under intense scrutiny at the under-performing club.
51,829 fans turned out at Saitama Stadium, but home team Urawa Reds were unable to keep pace with Gamba at the top of the table, as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with visitors Yokohama F. Marinos.
Ex-Urawa midfielder Koji Yamase opened the scoring for Yokohama, before Brazilian defender Fabio Nene scored the equaliser – his second goal in as many league games. More about https://www.southendformaggio.com/
The top five is rounded out by Kawasaki Frontale, Kashiwa Reysol and Shimizu S-Pulse but only Frontale managed to take anything from their most recent match, drawing 1-1 at home with lowly Omiya Ardija, while Kashiwa and Shimizu lost on the road to Vissel Kobe and Sanfrecce Hiroshima respectively.