J.League Division 1: Matchday 33 Table

(Sanfrecce romp to a 4-1 victory against visitors Cerezo Osaka in front of a season-high crowd of 32,724 at the Hiroshima Big Arch. The hosts took an insurmountable 3-0 lead before half-time as Yojiro Takahagi, Toshihiro Aoyama and Hisato Sato found the net, and Hironori Ishikawa rounded off the scoring five minutes after the re-start. Takuma Edamura reduced the deficit but not the outcome, and the defeat leaves Cerezo among one of four clubs who face a nervy final day of the 2012 season, two of whom will join Consadole Sapporo in Division 2 next year. Vegalta’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of struggling Albirex Niigata kept Albi’s hopes of a great escape intact, while ending the Sendai side’s chances of forcing the battle for into December. Sanfrecce claimed their first J.League title in history, and their first major trophy since 1970 in a former incarnation as Toyo Kogyo SC, and in the process became the sixth different club in the last eight seasons to become champions.)

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C) 33 10 2 5 32 16 8 5 3 30 18 +28 61
2 Vegalta Sendai 33 9 6 2 34 17 6 6 4 23 20 +20 57
3 Sagan Tosu 33 11 3 3 26 12 4 5 7 22 26 +10 53
4 Kashiwa Reysol 33 6 5 6 28 30 9 2 5 29 20 +7 52
5 Urawa Red Diamonds 33 7 6 3 21 18 7 4 6 24 24 +3 52
6 Nagoya Grampus 33 8 3 6 22 19 7 4 5 24 26 +1 52
7 Yokohama F-Marinos 33 6 7 3 23 15 6 7 4 20 18 +10 50
8 Kawasaki Frontale 33 7 2 8 25 26 7 5 4 24 22 +1 49
9 Shimizu S-Pulse 33 6 6 4 23 21 8 0 9 16 19 -1 48
10 FC Tokyo 33 7 1 8 24 20 6 5 6 17 22 -1 45
11 Kashima Antlers 33 7 3 6 34 21 4 7 6 14 22 +5 43
12 Jubilo Iwata 33 8 5 3 29 18 4 2 11 26 34 +3 43
13 Omiya Ardija 33 6 5 6 17 20 5 5 6 21 25 -7 43
14 Cerezo Osaka 33 6 2 8 24 26 5 6 6 21 25 -6 41
15 Vissel Kobe 33 5 3 8 19 20 6 3 8 22 29 -8 39
16 Gamba Osaka 33 4 7 6 36 35 5 4 7 30 28 +3 38
17 Albirex Niigata 33 2 6 8 11 20 7 4 6 14 13 -8 37
18 Consadole Sapporo (R) 33 3 2 12 13 34 1 0 15 11 50 -60 14
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