J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Final

(A penalty apiece just four minutes apart for Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashima Antlers, first from Gaku Shibasaki in the 73rd minute and then S-Pa’s Genki Omae, sent the Yamazaki Nabisco Cuo into extra-time. It was Shibasaki who ensured Antlers returned to Ibaraki Prefecture with the first domestic silverware of the season, a burst of acceleration flat-footing Calvin Jong A Pin before volleying into the bottom left-hand corner for the winner)

Shimizu S-Pulse Small Shimizu S-Pulse
Omae 77′
1 Kashima Antlers small Kashima Antlers
Shibasaki 73′, 93′
2

J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Semi-Final (2nd Leg) Results

Shimizu S-Pulse
Omae 26′, 63′, 90’+6
(1) 3 FC Tokyo
(2) 0
Kashiwa Reysol
Jorge Wagner 37′
Neto Baiano 90’+4
(2) 2 Kashima Antlers
Dutra 12′
Osako 24′
(3) 2

(Matches played 13 October 2012)

Scores from the first leg are contained within parentheses. Shimizu S-Pulse will meet Kashima Antlers in the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup Final, to be played 3 November 2012, at the National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, kick-off 13:10 JST.

J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Semi-Final (1st Leg) Results

Kashima Antlers
Osako 7′, 69′
Renato 36′
3 Kashiwa Reysol
Barada 35′
Leandro Domingues 62′
2
FC Tokyo
Kajiyama 35′
Lucas 80′
2 Shimizu S-Pulse
Own Goal 23′
1

(Matches played 4 September 2012)

J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: QF Second Leg Results

Kashiwa Reysol
Leandro Domingues 17′
Kudo 60′
(3) 2 Gamba Osaka
Sato 30′
(1) 1
FC Tokyo
Ishikawa 81′
Watanabe 90’+3
(2) 2 Vegalta Sendai
(2) 0
Nagoya Grampus
Tulio Tanaka 54′
Fujimoto 76′, 87′
(1) 3 Shimizu S-Pulse
Alex 42′
Jymmy Franca 69′
Senuma 88′
Takagai 90’+3
(0) 4
Cerezo Osaka
(1) 0 Kashima Antlers
Dutra 28′
Koroki 63′
Shibasaki 70′
(2) 3

(Matches played 8 August 2012)

Scores from the first leg are contained within parentheses. Shimizu S-Pulse proceed to the semi-final stage on away goals.

J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Quarter-Final 1st Leg Results

(Vegalta clawback a two goal deficit at the Yurtec Stadium Sendai after goals from Kazuma Watanabe and Naohiro Ishikawa had given FC Tokyo the lead, to set up what should be a fascinating second leg at the Ajinomoto Stadium on 8 August)

Vegalta Sendai Small Vegalta Sendai
Tamura 32′
Wilson 50′
2 FC Tokyo Small FC Tokyo
Watanabe 16′
Ishikawa 30′
2
Kashima Antlers small Kashima Antlers
Iwamasa 22′
Koroki 25′
2 Cerezo Osaka Small Cerezo Osaka
Kakitani 33′
1
Shimizu S-Pulse Small Shimizu S-Pulse
0 Nagoya Grampus Small Nagoya Grampus
Yoshida 77′
1
Gamba Osaka Small Gamba Osaka
Niwa 83′
1 Kashiwa Reysol Small Kashiwa Reysol
Kudo 47′
Leandro Domingues 76′, 90+5
3

(Matches played 25 July 2012)

J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Matchday Seven Results and Tables

Group A
Vegalta Sendai Small Vegalta Sendai
Ota 22′
Wilson 55′
Akamine 69′
Watanabe 78′
4 Jubilo Iwata Small Jubilo Iwata 0
Urawa Red Diamonds Small Urawa Red Diamonds
Despotovic 43′
Noda 63′
Yajima 80′
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Small Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0
Cerezo Osaka Small Cerezo Osaka
Ogihara 24′
Kim Bk-K 45’+4
Kakitani 55′, 71′
Fujimoto 90′
5 Sagan Tosu Small Sagan Tosu 0
Group B
Kashima Antlers small Kashima Antlers
Osako 75′, 90′
2 Shimizu S-Pulse Small Shimizu S-Pulse
Ito 14′
1
Albirex Niigata Small Albirex Niigata
Kogure 61′
Hirai 73′
Suzuki D 90′
Suzuki M 90’+4
4 Omiya Ardija Small Omiya Ardija
Shimizu 15′, 48′
Watanabe 40′
3
Vissel Kobe Small Vissel Kobe
Momoto 9′, 87′
Morioka 41′
3 Yokohama F-Marinos Small Yokohama F-Marinos
Ono 37′
Kanai 80′
2

(Matches played 27 June 2012. This was a bye week for Group A’s Kawasaki Frontale and Group B’s Consadole Sapporo)

Group A
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Cerezo Osaka (Q) 6 4 0 2 15 7 +8 12
2 Vegalta Sendai (Q) 6 4 0 2 11 5 +6 12
3 Jubilo Iwata 6 4 0 2 10 11 -1 12
4 Urawa Red Diamonds 6 3 0 3 12 10 +2 9
5 Sagan Tosu 6 3 0 3 8 16 -8 9
6 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 1 1 4 8 11 -3 4
7 Kawasaki Frontale 6 1 1 4 7 11 -4 4
Group B
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shimizu S-Pulse (Q) 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 15
2 Kashima Antlers (Q) 6 5 0 1 10 5 +5 15
3 Albirex Niigata 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
4 Yokohama F-Marinos 6 1 2 3 7 9 -2 5
5 Omiya Ardija 6 1 2 3 7 10 -3 5
6 Consadole Sapporo 6 1 2 3 6 11 -5 5
7 Vissel Kobe 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 4
Quarter-Finals
TBC Nagoya Grampus vs Shimizu S-Pulse
TBC FC Tokyo vs Vegalta Sendai
TBC Kashiwa Reysol vs Gamba Osaka
TBC Kashima Antlers vs Cerezo Osaka

J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup: Matchday Six Results and Tables

(Albirex Niigata’s attempts to qualify for the latter stages of the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup come to an end, as they fail to beat a dominant but profligate Yokohama F-Marinos at a very wet NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium on Matchday Six)

Shimizu S-Pulse maintained their 100% record and reigning champions Kashima Antlers can no longer be caught as both Group B sides progressed to the knockout rounds of the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup on Matchday Six of the competition. Only a win would have been sufficient for Albirex Niigata to prolong the group stage and force the Ibaraki Prefecture outfit into a potentially fascinating final day encounter at home to S-Pa, but they could not overcome Yokohama F-Marinos at the NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium and their challenge petered out with a 0-0 draw.

Any one of four teams can still qualify for the quarter-finals in Group A, but Sagan Tosu may bemoan their defending as they suffered their heaviest loss in any format in 2012, a 5-1 trouncing at the Hiroshima Big Arch giving them a significant disadvantage in terms of goal difference. Sagan next travel to the KINCHO Stadium level on points with Cerezo Osaka requiring a victory by a minimum of three clear goals to stand any chance of a berth in the last eight, and in the hope that Vegalta Sendai do not pick up three points at the Yurtec Stadium when they host group leaders Jubilo Iwata. A single point, meanwhile, is all that Jubilo need to sustain their presence in the tournament.

Group A
Vegalta Sendai Small Vegalta Sendai
Ryang Y-G 63′
1 Cerezo Osaka Small Cerezo Osaka 0
Kawasaki Frontale Small Kawasaki Frontale 0 Jubilo Iwata Small Jubilo Iwata
Yamazaki 25′
1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Small Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Morisaki 45’+3
Sato 54′
Ishihara 78′, 81′
Morisaki 90′
5 Sagan Tosu Small Sagan Tosu
Mizunuma 63′
1
Group B
Yokohama F-Marinos Small Yokohama F-Marinos 0 Albirex Niigata Small Albirex Niigata 0
Shimizu S-Pulse Small Shimizu S-Pulse
Hiraoka 41′
Omae 72′
Shirasaki 88′
3 Omiya Ardija Small Omiya Ardija
Hasegawa 36′
1
Vissel Kobe Small Vissel Kobe
Okubo 12′, 20′
2 Consadole Sapporo Small Consadole Sapporo
Sakaki 35′
Okamoto 37′
2

(Matches played 9 June 2012. This was a bye week for Group A’s Urawa Red Diamonds and Group B’s Kashima Antlers, who return to Yamazaki Nabisco Cup action on 27 June, the final round of matches at the group stage)

Group A
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Jubilo Iwata 5 4 0 1 10 7 +3 12
2 Cerezo Osaka 5 3 0 2 10 7 +3 9
3 Vegalta Sendai 5 3 0 2 7 5 +2 9
4 Sagan Tosu 5 3 0 2 8 11 -3 9
5 Urawa Red Diamonds 5 2 0 3 9 10 -1 6
6 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5 1 1 3 8 8 +0 4
7 Kawasaki Frontale 6 1 1 4 7 11 -4 4
Group B
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Shimizu S-Pulse 5 5 0 0 11 2 +9 15
2 Kashima Antlers 5 4 0 1 8 4 +4 12
3 Albirex Niigata 5 2 1 2 2 2 +0 7
4 Yokohama F-Marinos 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1 5
5 Omiya Ardija 5 1 2 2 4 6 -2 5
6 Consadole Sapporo 6 1 2 3 6 11 -5 5
7 Vissel Kobe 5 0 1 4 3 8 -5 1