92nd Emperor’s Cup Final


Masakatsu Sawa’s snap shot after a pass from Leandro Domingues was turned away well by Gamba Osaka goalkeeper Yohei Takeda. From the resulting corner, however, bent away from goal by Jorge Wagner, Yasuhito Endo could not climb high enough to divert the ball away from goal, and Masakatsu Sawa rose to plant a firm header beyond Takeda to score the only goal of the game for Kashiwa Reysol. which ended Gamba Osaka’s hopes of appearing in their sixth consecutive AFC Champions League. Reysol join Australia’s Central Coast Mariners, Guizhou Renhe from China and South Korea’s Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Group H, taking the final place reserved for a Japanese side in the competition. Gamba now have the opportunity to focus primarily on gaining immediate promotion back to the top-flight of Japanese football, but whether they are able to rely on the talents of senior internationals Endo and Yasuyuki Konno, together with the potent attacking abilities of Leandro and Akihiro Ienaga is a matter which will be decided in the coming weeks.

Gamba Osaka
0 Kashiwa Reysol
Watanabe 35′

92nd Emperor’s Cup: Semi-Final Results

(Yasuhito Endo’s 23rd minute cross flew over Hitoshi Sogahata and into the Kashima Antlers’ net, but the fortuitous nature of the strike shouldn’t undermine a performance in which his Gamba Osaka side came closest to adding to the number of goals scored, and reached the 92nd Emperor’s Cup final. Endo struck the bar later in the first period, while Akihiro Ienaga also went close with a flying volley as Sogahata’s handling deserted him. Yuya Osako found the woodwork with a thumping header for Antlers, but it is Gamba who will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2013 AFC Champions League, and provide the best possible case for Endo and fellow Samurai Blue Yasuyuki Konno to remain with the Suita side as they seek immediate promotion to J.League Division 1)

Gamba Osaka
Endo 23′
1 Kashima Antlers
Yokohama F-Marinos
0 Kashiwa Reysol
Kudo 23′

Matches played 29 December. Gamba Osaka and Kashiwa Reysol will meet in the 92nd Emperor’s Cup Final, to be played on 1 January 2013 at the National Olympic Stadium, kick-off 14:00 JST.

92nd Emperor’s Cup: Semi-Final Fixtures

29 Dec
Match Home vs Away Venue
85 Gamba Osaka vs Kashima Antlers Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
86 Yokohama F-Marinos vs Kashiwa Reysol National Olympic Stadium

Match 85 kick-off is at 13:00 JST. Match 86 kick-off is at 15:00 JST.

92nd Emperor’s Cup: Quarter-Final Results

(Highlights of the 92nd Emperor’s Cup quarter-final between Nagoya Grampus and Yokohama F-Marinos. The sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes, and the tie came down to penalty kicks. After Jungo Fujimoto put Grampus’s first spot-kick wide of the left upright, players from both sides all converted until Yuji Ono stepped up in the fifth round to win the contest for F-Marinos. Seigo Narazaki, however, guessed correctly and dived low to his left to save. The match wouldn’t be decided until the eighth round of penalties, as Yuji Nakazawa confidently placed his penalty into the bottom left corner, and Grampus’s Hayuma Tanaka saw his spot-kick saved, sending F-Marinos into the semi-finals for a meeting with Kashiwa Reysol)

Cerezo Osaka
Kakitani 49′
1 Gamba Osaka
Endo 19′
Ienaga 112′
JEF United Chiba
0 Kashima Antlers
Osako 64′
Nagoya Grampus
0 (6) Yokohama F-Marinos
0 (7)
Omiya Ardija
Ueda 11′
Cho 23′
2 Kashiwa Reysol
Sawa 59′
Masushima 83′
Kudo 90′

(Matches played 23 December. Scores in parentheses indicate result of penalty kicks)

92nd Emperor’s Cup: Quarter-Final Fixtures

23 Dec
Match Home vs Away Venue
81 Gamba Osaka vs Cerezo Osaka Nagai Stadium
82 JEF United Chiba vs Kashima Antlers Ajinomoto Stadium
83 Yokohama F-Marinos vs Nagoya Grampus Mizuho Athletic Stadium
84 Omiya Ardija vs Kashiwa Reysol Kumagaya Athletic Stadium

All matches kick-off at 13:00 JST, with the exception of Match 82 (15:00).

92nd Emperor’s Cup: Round 4 Results

(Yasuhito Endo directs a 90th minute free-kick over the FC Machida Zelvia wall high into the net, to fight off spirited resistance from the side relegated back to the Japan Football League, and set up a mouth-watering Osaka derby at the quarter-final stage)

Gamba Osaka
Kurata 38′
Iwashita 65′
Endo 80′
3 FC Machida Zelvia
Yuki 27′
T. Suzuki 56′
Cerezo Osaka
Minamino 24′
Yamaguchi 53′
Sugimoto 83′
Murata 90′
4 Shimizu S-Pulse
JEF United Chiba
Own Goal 14′
Yazawa 25′
Fujita 77′
Toshima 82′
Hyodo 88′
5 Fukushima United
Kashima Antlers
Iwamasa 5′
Dutra 14′
Juninho 25′
3 Jubilo Iwata
Maeda 1′
Urawa Red Diamonds
0 Yokohama F-Marinos
Hyodo 28′
Kano 49′
Nagoya Grampus
T. Tanaka 15′
Kanazaki 43′
Ogawa 65′
Nagai 79′
Tamada 85′
5 Roasso Kumamoto
Saito 23′, 45′
Omiya Ardija
Novakovic 63′, 90’+1
Higashi 67′, 86′
4 Kawasaki Frontale
Kobayashi 6′, 26′
Renato 38′
Kashiwa Reysol
Tanaka 24′
1 Yokogawa Musashino

(Matches played 15 December)

92nd Emperor’s Cup: Round 4 Fixtures

15 Dec
Match Home vs Away Venue
73 Gamba Osaka vs FC Machida Zelvia Osaka Expo ’70 Stadium
74 Cerezo Osaka vs Shimizu S-Pulse Nagai Stadium
75 JEF United Chiba vs Fukushima United Fukuda Denshi Arena
76 Kashima Antlers vs Jubilo Iwata Kashima Soccer Stadium
77 Urawa Red Diamonds vs Yokohama F-Marinos Kumagaya Athletic Stadium
78 Nagoya Grampus vs Roasso Kumamoto Mizuho Athletic Stadium
79 Omiya Ardija vs Kawasaki Frontale NACK5 Stadium
80 Kashiwa Reysol vs Yokogawa Musashino Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium

All matches kick-off at 13:00 JST, with the exception of Match 74 (17:00), Match 77 (16:00) and Match 78 (15:00).