The return of J. League action is unlikely to ease the disappointment for soccer fans still sore from Japan’s dismal World Cup showing, but a glut of goals as the league resumed in full on Saturday at least provided a welcome distraction.
Urawa Reds carried on from where they left off when the J. League entered its two-month shutdown in mid-May, beating Albirex Niigata 1-0 on Saturday to stay one point clear of Sagan Tosu at the top of the table. Reds have now kept a clean sheet in each of their last six games, equaling the all-time J. League record set by Shimizu S-Pulse in 1993 and matched by Yokohama Flugels three years later.