After the match Gas Man manager Hiroshi Jofuku commented:
"We lost two games in a row and we almost lost the intention to remain among the top teams, but we came into the game with a strong intention not to give up. We scored three goals against such a strong team like Kashima. It give us strong motivation to do well further after beating the champions."
Shocking result number two saw relegation threatened Júbilo Iwata hold Nagoya Grampus Eight to a surprising scoreless draw. Packing the midfield in a 3-5-2 that included Japan international Yūichi Komano, Júbilo frustrated Grampus to no-end with great veteran 'keeper and fellow Blue Samurai Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi once again rising to the occasion.
While not a shocking decision, with a chance to climb right back in the race and after a glorious victory in semi-finals of the AFC Champions League Shimizu S-Pulse soundly beat Gamba Osaka 3 - 1. Gamba Manager Akira Nishino went into the match without Yasuhito Endo and the attack sputtered to a halt. S-Pa academy product Takuma Edamura opened the scoring seven minutes before the break and quickly doubled the margin two minutes after. Twenty-two year-old Nippon Daihyo Shinji Okazaki delivered the knockout punch only three minutes later to make it 3-0, effectively ending the match with Roni adding a consolation goal for Gamba with fifteen minutes remaining.
Vissel Kobe after defeating the Red Diamonds last week, added Oita Trinita to their victims defeating them 1-0 and once again a member of Takeshi Okada's squad orchestrated the result, this time with Yoshito Okubo scoring the lone goal of the match with eleven minutes remaining. The loss is costly for Ōita as a victory would have seem them rise to the top of the table.
Kawasaki Frontale predictably dealt with Consadole Sapporo in a 3- 1 victory and stand only two points from the top. Kengo Nakumura opened the scoring after twenty minutes and Hiroyuki Taniguchi doubled it eight minutes later. Sapporo would not give in though and Davi drew one back with eighteen minutes remaining. Searching for the equalizer, Juninho capitalized on good fortune to make it 3-1 for Frontale.
Urawa Red Diamonds rebounded from their disappointing loss in the semi-finals of the AFC Champions league to defeat Albirex Niigata 1-0. Hajime Hosogai returned from suspension in front of 40,000 at the Big Swan, he gave the Red Diamonds the victory scoring with ten minutes remaining.
Elsewhere in the J-League:
Yokohama F. Marinos - 3
Kashiwa Reysol - 1
Kyoto Purple Sanga - 0
Tokyo Verdy 1969 - 0
Omiya Ardija - 2
JEF United Ichihara-Chiba - 1
|J-League week 28||GP||W||D||L||GS||GA||P|
|Kashima Antlers 鹿島アントラーズ||30||15||8||7||53||30||53|
|Nagoya Grampus 名古屋グランパス||30||15||7||8||41||30||52|
|Kawasaki Frontale 川崎フロンターレ||30||15||6||9||54||40||51|
|Oita Trinita 大分トリニータ||30||15||6||9||31||23||51|
|Urawa Red Diamonds 浦和レッズ||30||14||8||8||46||32||50|
|FC Tokyo ＦＣ東京||30||14||6||10||43||40||48|
|Gamba Osaka ガンバ大阪||30||13||8||9||42||39||47|
|Shimizu S-Pulse 清水エスパルス||30||13||7||10||42||37||46|
|Vissel Kobe ヴィッセル神戸||30||11||10||9||36||31||43|
|Yokohama F Marinos 横浜Ｆ・マリノス||30||10||9||11||31||28||39|
|Kashiwa Reysol 柏レイソル||30||11||6||13||41||39||39|
|Kyoto Purple Sanga 京都サンガF.C.||30||10||7||13||30||38||37|
|Albirex Niigata アルビレックス新潟||30||10||7||13||27||41||37|
|Tokyo Verdy 1969 東京ヴェルディ||30||10||6||14||37||43||36|
|Omiya Ardija 大宮アルディージャ||30||10||5||15||30||41||35|
|JEF United Ichihara-Chiba ジェフユナイテッド千葉||30||9||7||14||30||45||34|
|Jubilo Iwata ジュビロ磐田||30||9||6||15||36||43||33|
|Consadole Sapporo コンサドーレ札幌||30||4||5||21||33||63||17|