Ado Onaiwu’s hat trick gave Yokohama F. Marinos a comfortable 3-0 win over a frustrated FC Tokyo side Saturday in a game played behind closed doors, extending Tokyo’s miserable run to four straight losses, Dan Orlowitz reports.
If you enjoy lopsided score lines, Kawasaki Frontale did an even more decisive demolition job on second-place Nagoya Grampus on Thursday. And Marinos did even better than that in the previous Saturday’s Yokohama derby.
Urawa Reds will be hoping they’ll soon be dishing out similar routs on a more regular basis with the arrival of Danish striker Kasper Junker, the golden boot winner in the Norwegian first division last season, reports Orlowitz.
Urawa Reds Ladies, meanwhile, the reigning Nadeshiko League champions, failed to get their professional era off to a winning start last Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Mynavi Sendai in both teams’ first WE League preseason match, Orlowitz reports.
A medal at the Tokyo Olympics would be just the boost the women’s game in Japan needs ahead of the WE League’s full launch in September. But as Kyodo reports, Nadeshiko Japan will have to a overcome formidable obstacles — from a disjointed preparation to a lackluster recent track record against elite opponents — for that to happen.