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2015 J.League Cup

The 2015 J.League Cup, also known as the 2015 Yamazaki Nabisco Cup for sponsoring purposes, is the 40th edition of the most prestigious Japanese soccer league cup tournament and the 23rd edition under the current J.League Cup format.

2015 J.League Cup
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup
Country Japan
Teams18
ChampionsKashima Antlers
Runners-upGamba Osaka
2014
2016

FormatEdit

Teams from the J.League Division 1 will take part in the tournament. Gamba Osaka, Kashima Antlers, Kashiwa Reysol and Urawa Red Diamonds were given a bye to the quarter-finals due to qualification in the 2015 AFC Champions League. The remaining 14 teams started from the group stage, where they were divided into two groups of seven. The group winners and the runners-up of each group qualified for the quarter-final along with the four teams which qualified for the AFC Champions League.

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

StandingsEdit

Team[1] Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
FC Tokyo 6 3 3 0 8 4 +4 12
Albirex Niigata 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 2 3 1 9 6 +3 9
Shonan Bellmare 6 2 3 1 5 5 0 9
Sagan Tosu 6 2 2 2 3 4 -1 8
Matsumoto Yamaga 6 1 1 4 8 13 -5 4
Ventforet Kofu 6 0 2 4 4 10 -6 2

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] TOK ARD VEN YAM ALB SFR SAG
FC Tokyo 2–1 2–1 2–0
Shonan Bellmare 0–0 1–0 2–1
Ventforet Kofu 1–3 2–2 0–0
Matsumoto Yamaga 1–1 0–3 2–4
Albirex Niigata 2–0 0–0 1–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–1 2–2 2–0
Sagan Tosu 0–0 2–1 1–0

Group BEdit

StandingsEdit

Team[1] Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Nagoya Grampus 6 4 1 1 12 11 +1 13
Vissel Kobe 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Kawasaki Frontale 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9
Montedio Yamagata 6 2 2 2 10 11 -1 8
Yokohama F. Marinos 6 2 0 4 7 7 0 6
Shimizu S-Pulse 6 2 0 4 6 11 -5 6
Vegalta Sendai 6 1 2 3 6 8 -2 5

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] VEG MON FRO YMA SSP GRA VIS
Vegalta Sendai 1–2 1–0 0–0
Montedio Yamagata 0–2 3–1 3–3
Kawasaki Frontale 1–1 1–1 1–3
Yokohama F. Marinos 1–2 2–0 2–3
Shimizu S-Pulse 2–1 0–2 1–2
Nagoya Grampus 3–2 1–0 0–4
Vissel Kobe 3–1 0–0 1–2

Knock-out stageEdit

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
Kashima Antlers 2 3 5  
FC Tokyo 2 0 2  
  Kashima Antlers 2 4 6  
  Vissel Kobe 1 1 2  
Vissel Kobe 2 2 4
  Kashiwa Reysol 0 3 3  
    Kashima Antlers 3
  Gamba Osaka 0
  Nagoya Grampus 1 2 3 (9)  
Gamba Osaka (a.e.t.) (p) 1 2 3 (10)  
  Gamba Osaka 1 2 3
  Albirex Niigata 2 0 2  
Urawa Red Diamonds 0 3 3
  Albirex Niigata 5 0 5  

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FC Tokyo 2–5 Kashima Antlers 2–2 0–3
Kashiwa Reysol 3–4 Vissel Kobe 0–2 3–2
Gamba Osaka 3–3 (10-9p) Nagoya Grampus 1–1 2–2
Albirex Niigata 5–3 Urawa Reds 5–0 0–3

Semi-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Vissel Kobe1 – 2Kashima Antlers
Iwanami   70'   21' Yamamura
  39' Akasaki
Attendance: 6,162
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami

Albirex Niigata2 – 1Gamba Osaka
Yamamoto   36'
Usami   90'
  33' Omori
Attendance: 9,018
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Second legEdit

Kashima Antlers4 – 1Vissel Kobe
Nakamura   16'
Kanazaki   53'74'
Caio   82'
  21' Watanabe
Attendance: 10,801
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

Antlers won 6–2 on aggregate.


Gamba Osaka2 – 0Albirex Niigata
Endō   57'
Fujiharu   90+4'
Attendance: 11,475
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura

Gamba Osaka won 3-2 on aggregate.


FinalEdit

Kashima Antlers3 – 0Gamba Osaka
Hwang Seok-ho   60'
Kanazaki   84'
Caio   86'
Attendance: 50,828
Referee: Masaaki Toma

Top scorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2015 J.League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup - League Table". J.League Official Website. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.jleague.jp/en/stats/goal.html?s=YNC