J.League Division 1: 2012 Final Standings

Gamba Osaka went into the final day of the 2012 season in 16th position, and while at the mercy of results elsewhere in the table to remain in J.League Division 1, sought victory at the Yamaha Stadium to ensure the best possible prospect of survival. Masanobu Matsunami’s men began the match in poor fashion, conceding inside the first five minutes as Yosuke Fujigaya added to a litany of goalkeeping blunders, fumbling a low cross against defender Sota Nakazawa. Akira Kaji made a desperate attempt at a goal line clearance, but could only divert the ball against Jubilo striker Ryoichi Maeda for the opening goal of the game.

Shu Kurata’s superb footwork enabled Gamba to draw level in the 53rd minute, firing high into the Jubilo net from a tight angle for a much needed equaliser, but although Leandro headed against the bar in the 79th minute, and less than two minutes later Yasuhito Endo saw his goal disallowed for a very marginal offside decision, they were unable to find a second goal. Instead, midfielder Yuki Kobayashi exchanged passes with Maeda, then rifled a shot past Fujigaya to hand the home side their first league victory since 15 September and send the Suita outfit into the second division for the first time in their history. Only Kashima Antlers, Yokohama F-Marinos, Nagoya Grampus and Shimizu S-Pulse now remain of the sides never to have set foot outside the top flight.

Highlights of all of the final round of matches in J.League Division 1 can be found at this link.

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C) 34 10 2 5 32 16 9 5 3 31 18 +29 64
2 Vegalta Sendai (ACL) 34 9 6 2 34 17 6 6 5 25 26 +16 57
3 Urawa Red Diamonds (ACL) 34 8 6 3 23 18 7 4 6 24 24 +5 55
4 Yokohama F-Marinos 34 7 7 3 24 15 6 7 4 20 18 +11 53
5 Sagan Tosu 34 11 3 3 26 12 4 5 8 22 27 +9 53
6 Kashiwa Reysol 34 6 5 6 28 30 9 2 6 29 22 +5 52
7 Nagoya Grampus 34 8 3 6 22 19 7 4 6 24 28 -1 52
8 Kawasaki Frontale 34 7 2 8 25 26 7 6 4 26 24 +1 50
9 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 6 7 4 23 21 8 0 9 16 19 -1 49
10 FC Tokyo 34 8 1 8 30 22 6 5 6 17 22 +3 48
11 Kashima Antlers 34 8 3 6 36 21 4 7 6 14 22 +7 46
12 Jubilo Iwata 34 9 5 3 31 19 4 2 11 26 34 +4 46
13 Omiya Ardija 34 6 5 6 17 20 5 6 6 21 25 -7 44
14 Cerezo Osaka 34 6 3 8 26 28 5 6 6 21 25 -6 42
15 Albirex Niigata 34 3 6 8 15 21 7 4 6 14 13 -5 40
16 Vissel Kobe (R) 34 5 3 9 19 21 6 3 8 22 29 -9 39
17 Gamba Osaka (R) 34 4 7 6 36 35 5 4 8 31 30 +2 38
18 Consadole Sapporo (R) 34 3 2 12 13 34 1 0 16 12 54 -63 14
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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

J.League Division 1: Matchday 32 Table

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 32 9 2 5 28 15 8 5 3 30 18 +25 58
2 Vegalta Sendai 32 9 6 1 34 16 6 6 4 23 20 +21 57
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 32 7 6 3 21 18 7 4 5 23 21 +5 52
4 Nagoya Grampus 32 8 3 5 21 17 7 4 5 24 26 +2 52
5 Sagan Tosu 32 10 3 3 23 11 4 5 7 22 26 +8 50
6 Kashiwa Reysol 32 5 5 6 27 30 9 2 5 29 20 +6 49
7 Shimizu S-Pulse 32 6 6 4 23 21 8 0 8 15 17 +0 48
8 Yokohama F-Marinos 32 6 7 3 23 15 5 7 4 18 18 +8 47
9 Kawasaki Frontale 32 6 2 8 23 25 7 5 4 24 22 +0 46
10 FC Tokyo 32 7 1 8 24 20 6 4 6 15 20 -1 44
11 Jubilo Iwata 32 8 5 3 29 18 4 2 10 26 32 +5 43
12 Cerezo Osaka 32 6 2 8 24 26 5 6 5 20 21 -3 41
13 Kashima Antlers 32 7 3 6 34 21 3 7 6 12 21 +4 40
14 Omiya Ardija 32 5 5 6 15 20 5 5 6 21 25 -9 40
15 Vissel Kobe 32 5 3 8 19 20 6 3 7 22 28 -7 39
16 Gamba Osaka 32 4 6 6 34 33 5 4 7 30 28 +3 37
17 Albirex Niigata 32 2 6 8 11 20 6 4 6 13 13 -9 34
18 Consadole Sapporo 32 3 2 11 13 32 1 0 15 11 50 -58 14

J.League Division 1: Matchday 31 Table

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 31 9 2 5 28 15 8 5 2 30 16 +27 58
2 Vegalta Sendai 31 9 6 1 34 16 6 5 4 20 17 +21 56
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 31 6 6 3 19 18 7 4 5 23 21 +3 49
4 Nagoya Grampus 31 8 3 5 21 17 6 4 5 22 26 +0 49
5 Shimizu S-Pulse 31 6 6 3 22 18 8 0 8 15 17 +2 48
6 Yokohama F-Marinos 31 6 7 2 22 13 5 7 4 18 18 +9 47
7 Sagan Tosu 31 10 3 3 23 11 3 5 7 19 24 +7 47
8 Kashiwa Reysol 31 5 5 6 27 30 8 2 5 27 19 +5 46
9 FC Tokyo 31 7 1 7 24 19 6 4 6 15 20 +0 44
10 Jubilo Iwata 31 8 5 2 29 16 4 2 10 26 32 +7 43
11 Kawasaki Frontale 31 6 2 8 23 25 6 5 4 23 22 -1 43
12 Cerezo Osaka 31 6 2 7 23 23 5 6 5 20 21 -1 41
13 Kashima Antlers 31 7 2 6 31 18 3 7 6 12 21 +4 39
14 Omiya Ardija 31 5 5 6 15 20 4 5 6 18 24 -11 37
15 Vissel Kobe 31 5 3 8 19 20 5 3 7 21 28 -8 36
16 Gamba Osaka 31 4 6 6 34 33 4 4 7 27 27 +1 34
17 Albirex Niigata 31 2 6 7 11 19 6 4 6 13 13 -8 34
18 Consadole Sapporo 31 3 2 10 11 29 1 0 15 11 50 -57 14

J.League Division 1: Matchday Thirty Table

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 30 8 2 5 25 15 8 5 2 30 16 24 55
2 Vegalta Sendai 30 9 5 1 33 15 6 5 4 20 17 21 55
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 30 6 6 3 19 18 7 4 4 21 17 5 49
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 30 6 6 2 22 17 8 0 8 15 17 3 48
5 Nagoya Grampus 30 7 3 5 20 17 6 4 5 22 26 -1 46
6 Kashiwa Reysol 30 5 4 6 25 28 8 2 5 27 19 5 45
7 Yokohama F-Marinos 30 6 7 2 22 13 4 7 4 16 17 8 44
8 Sagan Tosu 30 9 3 3 20 9 3 5 7 19 24 6 44
9 FC Tokyo 30 7 1 7 24 19 6 4 5 15 19 1 44
10 Jubilo Iwata 30 8 5 2 29 16 4 2 9 24 29 8 43
11 Cerezo Osaka 30 6 2 7 23 23 5 5 5 19 20 -1 40
12 Kawasaki Frontale 30 5 2 8 19 23 6 5 4 23 22 -3 40
13 Kashima Antlers 30 7 2 6 31 18 3 6 6 12 21 4 38
14 Vissel Kobe 30 5 3 7 18 18 5 3 7 21 28 -7 36
15 Omiya Ardija 30 5 4 6 15 20 4 5 6 18 24 -11 36
16 Gamba Osaka 30 4 6 6 34 33 4 3 7 25 25 1 33
17 Albirex Niigata 30 2 6 7 11 19 5 4 6 12 13 -9 31
18 Consadole Sapporo 30 3 2 10 11 29 1 0 14 11 47 -54 14

J.League Division 1: Matchday 29 Table

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 29 8 2 5 25 15 8 4 2 29 15 +24 54
2 Vegalta Sendai 29 9 5 1 33 15 6 4 4 19 16 +21 54
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 29 6 5 3 19 18 7 4 4 21 17 +5 48
4 Kashiwa Reysol 29 5 4 5 24 24 8 2 5 27 19 +8 45
5 Shimizu S-Pulse 29 6 6 2 22 17 7 0 8 13 16 +2 45
6 Nagoya Grampus 29 7 2 5 19 16 6 4 5 22 26 -1 45
7 Yokohama F-Marinos 29 6 7 2 22 13 4 6 4 15 16 +8 43
8 Jubilo Iwata 29 8 4 2 28 15 4 2 9 24 29 +8 42
9 Sagan Tosu 29 9 3 3 20 9 2 5 7 17 24 +4 41
10 FC Tokyo 29 6 1 7 19 19 6 4 5 15 19 -4 41
11 Cerezo Osaka 29 6 2 7 23 23 5 4 5 19 20 -1 39
12 Kawasaki Frontale 29 5 2 8 19 23 6 4 4 20 19 -3 39
13 Kashima Antlers 29 7 2 5 30 16 3 6 6 12 21 +5 38
14 Vissel Kobe 29 5 2 7 15 15 5 3 7 21 28 -7 35
15 Omiya Ardija 29 5 4 6 15 20 3 5 6 14 23 -14 33
16 Gamba Osaka 29 4 5 6 33 32 4 3 7 25 25 +1 32
17 Albirex Niigata 29 2 6 6 11 17 5 4 6 12 13 -7 31
18 Consadole Sapporo 29 3 2 10 11 29 1 0 13 11 42 -49 14

J.League Division 1: Matchday 28 Table

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 28 8 2 4 24 13 8 4 2 29 15 +25 54
2 Vegalta Sendai 28 8 5 1 30 13 6 4 4 19 16 +20 51
3 Urawa Red Diamonds 28 6 5 3 19 18 7 4 3 19 14 +6 48
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 28 6 5 2 21 16 7 0 8 13 16 +2 44
5 Jubilo Iwata 28 8 4 2 28 15 4 2 8 24 25 +12 42
6 Kashiwa Reysol 28 5 4 5 24 24 7 2 5 25 18 +7 42
7 Nagoya Grampus 28 7 2 5 19 16 5 4 5 19 25 -3 42
8 Sagan Tosu 28 9 3 2 19 6 2 5 7 17 24 +6 41
9 Yokohama F-Marinos 28 5 7 2 18 13 4 6 4 15 16 +4 40
10 FC Tokyo 28 6 1 7 19 19 6 3 5 14 18 -4 40
11 Kawasaki Frontale 28 5 2 7 17 20 6 4 4 20 19 -2 39
12 Cerezo Osaka 28 6 1 7 22 22 5 4 5 19 20 -1 38
13 Kashima Antlers 28 7 2 5 30 16 3 5 6 12 21 +5 37
14 Vissel Kobe 28 5 2 7 15 15 5 2 7 20 27 -7 34
15 Omiya Ardija 28 5 3 6 14 19 3 5 6 14 23 -14 32
16 Albirex Niigata 28 2 6 6 11 17 5 3 6 11 12 -7 30
17 Gamba Osaka 28 4 5 6 33 32 3 3 7 22 23 +0 29
18 Consadole Sapporo 28 3 1 10 11 29 1 0 13 11 42 -49 13