Cerezo Osaka News and Features
Albirex Niigata With second facing third in the J.League this weekend, Sanfrecce Hiroshima are able to extend their lead at the top against Albirex Niigata.
Pohang Steelers Pohang Steelers, Al Shabab, Al Jazira and Foolad booked their spots in the AFC Champions League's last 16 on Wednesday.
Guangzhou Guangzhou Evergrande can close in on a last-16 spot as AFC Champions League groups begin to take shape on matchday five.
Albirex Niigata Susumu Watanabe made a dream start to his reign as Vegalta Sendai coach by masterminding a 2-0 J.League win at Yokohoma F. Marinos.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima Sanfrecce Hiroshima can return to the J.League summit if they continue to recover from last month's mini-wobble on Saturday.
Albirex Niigata Kawasaki Frontale kept up their fine recent form on Sunday, condemning Tokushima Vortis to a sixth consecutive top-flight defeat.
Albirex Niigata Surprise J.League leaders Kashima Antlers meet a struggling Gamba Osaka side on Sunday, while Sanfrecce Hiroshima meet Nagoya Grampus.
Al Jazira Esteghlal kept their AFC Champions League hopes alive with a surprise 1-0 win over Al Jazira, who missed a chance to qualify from Group A.
Bunyodkor Bunyodkor may fail to advance from the AFC Champions League group stages for the first time, while Al Fateh look for their first goal.
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