Urawa Reds got 1st place, but Nagoya Grampus were relegated

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The final game of J-League division 1 was held in various places in Japan, on November 3. At Saitama Stadium, there was a game of the Urawa Reddiamonds vs the Yokohama F.Marinos. In this game, Tomoya Ugajin of the Reds could not play by the injury of the left foot. And Shunsuke Nakamura and Yuzo Kurihara the Marinos also couldn’t play because of injury. But the Japan national team member, Manabu Saito of Marinos and Shusaku Nishikawa, Tomoaki Makino and Yosuke Kashiwagi of the Reds also played in the game.

In the first half, the Urawa were on the offensive. But the Marinos kept a clean sheet so the first half was completed as score of 0 to 0.

In the 21th minute of the second half, Kashiwagi broke the deadlock. Tetsuya Enomoto of the Marinos’s Goal keeper cleared off the line for Takahiro Sekine’s shoot, but Kashiwagi took the loose ball and scored the goal. After that, the game proceeded as same score. But in the 40th minute, the Marinos counterattacked and Quenten Martinus scored the tying goal. Finally, the game was a draw 1 to 1.

As a result, the Reds finished with 74 points in the standings in the 2016 season, they won the 1st place in year. In addition to the Reds, the Kawasaki Frontale and the Kashima Antlers advanced the championship of J-League. The semifinal will be hold in November 23, the final will be hold in November 29 and December 3 at home and away.

Other, there was a game of the Nagoya Grampus vs the Shonan bellmare at the Paloma Mizuho Stadium. In this game, Kisho Yano of the Grampus could not play because of injury. But Seigo Narasaki, Kensuke Nagai and Marcus Tulio Tanaka of the Grampus also played in the game. The Bellmare were 17th place and were already assured of relegation.

But in the first half, Naoki Yamada of the bellmare scored the opening goal. And Kaoru Takayam also scored a goal in the 37th minute, the Bellmare took the lead of 2 to 0.

In the 5th minute of the second half, the Grampus got a chance of penalty kick. Robin Simovic converted a penalty calmly as usual, the grampus pulled back. But in the 15th minute, Yamada took the ball from Tanaka and dribbled to the goal. So Yamada scored a clincher, the Bellmare took the lead of 3 to 1. The game proceeded as same score, the Bellmare beat the Grampus finally.

As a result, the Grampus finished with 30 points in the standings in the 2016 season. Tanaka was reinstated in the Grampus on September but the Grampus demote to the second division next year. The Grampus were the founder team of J-League and they did not have demoted to the 2nd division even once until now. By the way, the Marinos and the Antlers are not yet demoted in the founder team. In addition, the Avispa Fukuoka were also demoted.

In the same day, Peter Utaka of the Sanfrecce Hiroshima scored a goal in the game with the Albirex Niigata. That was his 19th goal of this season, he was the top scorers with Leandro Montera da Silva of the Vissel Kobe.

This youtube’s video is the goal of Kashiwagi, the Urawa Reds. The reds are aiming the title of the championship of J-League followed by the J-League YBC Levain Cup.

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