On this day in J.League history …..

(Highlights from the 2004 Suntory Championship second-leg featuring Urawa Red Diamonds and Yokohama F-Marinos at the Saitama Stadium 2002)

On June 26, in the fifteenth and final round of matches in the First Stage of the 2004 J.League season, Yokohama F-Marinos defeated Kashima Antlers 1-0 courtesy of a 61st minute goal from South Korean striker Ahn Jung-Hwan to clinch qualification to the Suntory Championship. The win proved vital to Marinos pursuit of the title, Jubilo Iwata’s 4-2 victory over Sanfrecce Hiroshima, including a fifth goal of the season for 22-year old forward Ryoichi Maeda, ensuring they finished just two points behind and with a superior goal difference.

Marinos would go on to collect their third, and to date, last J.League title, defeating Urawa Red Diamonds at the Saitama Stadium 2002 on penalties in the second leg of the Suntory Championship final, both teams winning 1-0 at their respective stadia.

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