This week saw only Vissel Kobe retain their 100% J2 record, while now there are four teams who are winless at the bottom of the table.
Vissel kept their 100% record by narrowly deafeating Consadole Sapporo in the port city. A solitary first half strike from Mazinho was enough to settle the contest in front of a disappointing crown of just over 6700. The only other team to go into the weekend 2 from 2, Avispa Fukuoka, surrendered their 100% record as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Kyoto Sanga, who registered their first win in the process. Goals from Yoshiaki Komai and summer signing Kazushi Mitsuhira were enough to condemn Fukuoka to defeat, despite the home side taking a first half lead.
Up into second place are Gainare Tottori who recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Mito Hollyhock 3-1 at the Torigin stadium thanks to goals from Yuichi Kubo, Takahiko Sumida and an injury time strike from Tatsuya Okamaoto. Kataller Toyama also find themselves in the dizzying heights of the top 6 thanks to their 1-0 win against Ehime FC. Gamba Osaka and Yokohama FC played out, by all accounts, an uninspiring 0-0 draw. Gamba are yet to win a home game. Tochigi SC and JEF United also drew 0-0, this was despite Tochigi have double the number of shots of their opponents.
One of the best results of the day has to go to Roasso Kumamoto‘s 2-1 win at Matsumoto Yamaga, their first of the season. The reds went 2-0 up through a brace from Kazuki Saito and held on despite Tamabayashi’s injury time strike. The match was played out in front of an impressive crowd of over 12,000 at the Alwin Stadium. Another team that snagged their first win of the season were Montedio Yamagata who beat V-Varen Nagasaki 2-0 at the ND Soft stadium. Goals from Takumi Yamada and Masaki Miyasaka were enough to send Nagasaki home empty handed from their long trip up north. Giravanz Kitakyushu were 2-1 winners away at Tokushima Vortis. Both of the Yellows’ goals came at the end of the first half through Yohei Naito & Koki Kotegawa. Tomohiro Tsuda pulled one back for the Shikoku side, but they couldn’t prevent Giravanz from taking their first win of 2013.
Finally, Tokyo Verdy couldn’t give Yasu Miura a win in his debut in the technical area as they were held at home by Fagiano Okayama. Ex-JEF front man Tomoyuki Arata put the visitors in front before a late, and some say undeserved, equalizer from Ryoji Fukui rescued a point for the home side. Both teams are without a win this season, although Fagiano are also unbeaten having drawn all three of their games. FC Gifu drew 0-0 with Thespa Kusatsu Gunma and this match is covered in more detail under the ‘Match Report’ category.
J2 Matchday 3 results
- Matsumoto Yamaga 1-2 Roasso Kumamoto
- Gamba Osaka 0-0 Yokohama FC
- Tochigi SC 0-0 JEF United
- Kataller Toyama 1-0 Ehime FC
- Tokushima Vortis 1-2 Giravanz Kitakyushu
- Vissel Kobe 1-0 Consadole Sapporo
- Avispa Fukuoka 1-2 Kyoto Sanga
- Gainare Tottori 3-1 Mito Hollyhock
- FC Gifu 0-0 Thespakusatsu Gunma
- Tokyo Verdy 1-1 Fagiano Okayama
- Montedio Yamagata 2-0 V-Varen Nagasaki