2011 J. League Cup

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2011 J. League Cup
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup
Country Japan
Teams 18
Champions Kashima Antlers
Runners-up Urawa Red Diamonds

The 2011 J. League Cup, also known as the 2011 Yamazaki Nabisco Cup for sponsoring purposes, is the 36th edition of the most prestigious Japanese soccer league cup tournament and the 19th edition under the current J. League Cup format. It was scheduled to begin on 16 March 2011 with the first matches of the group stage;[1] however, the competition was postponed due to the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[2] Later the beginning of the tournament is set to 5 June, with reducing the number of matches.[3]

The winner qualified for the 2012 Suruga Bank Championship.

Format[edit]

All 18 teams from the 2011 J. League Division 1 will take part in the tournament. Nagoya Grampus, Gamba Osaka, Cerezo Osaka and Kashima Antlers are given a bye to the quarter-final due to the qualification for the AFC Champions League group stage. The remaining 4 teams for quarter-finals are selected from other 14 teams by knockout tournaments of home and away (with away goals rule, except for goals in extra times). Quarter-finals and semifinals will be played as one match at either team's home stadium. The final will also be played as one match, but at neutral venue (National Stadium).[3]

First, the exact date of the Final has yet to be determined and is subject to possible participation in the 2011 AFC Champions League Final of at least one of the involved clubs. Later the date is set to 29 October.[4]

Original Format[edit]

The original competition format, which is same as the previous tournament and was abandoned due to 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, is:[3]

  • The preliminary round for the 14 teams would be played as 2 groups of single round-robin tournaments by 7 teams, where each team would play 3 home and 3 away games. The top 2 teams in each group would advance to quarter-finals.
  • Quarter-finals and semi-finals would be played home and away.

The draw result of the preliminary round is:

Group A
Albirex Niigata, Omiya Ardija, Yokohama F. Marinos, Kawasaki Frontale, Montedio Yamagata, Kashiwa Reysol, Ventforet Kofu
Group B
Avispa Fukuoka, Júbilo Iwata, Urawa Red Diamonds, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Shimizu S-Pulse, Vegalta Sendai, Vissel Kobe

Schedule[edit]

First round[edit]

The first leg is scheduled on 5 June and the second leg on 27 July.

Albirex Niigata and Omiya Ardija received bye for the second round as a result of tournament draws.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Urawa Red Diamonds 4–1 Montedio Yamagata 2–0 2 – 1
Kashiwa Reysol 1–3 Vegalta Sendai 0–1 1 – 2
Júbilo Iwata 5–0 Avispa Fukuoka 2–0 3 – 0
Ventforet Kofu 1–2 Shimizu S-Pulse 1–0 0 – 2
Yokohama F. Marinos 3–2 Vissel Kobe 1–1 2 – 1
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3–5 Kawasaki Frontale 2–2 1 – 3

Second round[edit]

The first leg is scheduled on 14 September and the second leg on 28 September.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Urawa Red Diamonds 4–1 Omiya Ardija 2–0 2 – 1
Vegalta Sendai 0–3 Júbilo Iwata 0–0 0 – 3
Shimizu S-Pulse 3–4 Albirex Niigata 2–1 1 – 3
Yokohama F. Marinos 6–3 Kawasaki Frontale 4–0 2 – 3

Quarterfinals[edit]

5 October 2011
19:00
Kashima Antlers 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) Yokohama F. Marinos
Koroki Goal 49'
Osako Goal 73'
Tashiro Goal 111'
Nakata Goal 1' (o.g.)
Watanabe Goal 11'
Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
Attendance: 4,804
Referee: Masaaki Iemoto

5 October 2011
19:00
Nagoya Grampus 5 – 3 (a.e.t.) Albirex Niigata
Kanazaki Goal 15'
Nagai Goal 90+1', Goal 105+2'
Hashimoto Goal 114'
Tulio Goal 120+1'
Bruno Lopes Goal 63'
Kawamata Goal 90+3'
Kikuchi Goal 98'
Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya
Attendance: 4,108
Referee: Ryuji Sato

5 October 2011
19:03
Gamba Osaka 3–1 Júbilo Iwata
Sasaki Goal 43'
Rafinha Goal 67'
Goal 76' (o.g.)
Nasu Goal 7'
Expo'70 Stadium, Suita, Osaka
Attendance: 4,112
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami

5 October 2011
19:04
Cerezo Osaka 1–2 Urawa Red Diamonds
Fabio Lopes Goal 73' Goal 9' (o.g.)
Despotović Goal 83'
Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 6,736
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida

Semifinals[edit]

9 October 2011
13:00
Nagoya Grampus 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Kashima Antlers
Tulio Goal 80' Osako Goal 10'
Shibasaki Goal 107'
Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya
Attendance: 8,562
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

9 October 2011
17:00
Urawa Red Diamonds 2–1 Gamba Osaka
Umesaki Goal 21'
Escudero Goal 38'
Otsuka Goal 90+3'
Saitama Stadium, Saitama
Attendance: 23,879
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Final[edit]

29 October 2011
13:10
Urawa Red Diamonds 0–1 (a.e.t.) Kashima Antlers
Report
(Japanese)
Osako Goal 105'
Tokyo National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 46,599
Referee: Minoru Tojo

Top goalscorers[edit]

Goalscorers Goals Team
Serbia Ranko Despotović
4
Urawa Red Diamonds
Japan Yuya Osako
3
Kashima Antlers
Japan Masashi Oguro
3
Yokohama F. Marinos

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 J. League schedule". J. League official website. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Japan's J.League halted after earthquake and tsunami". BBC Sport. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Revised format of 2011 J. League Cup". Japan Football Association (in Japanese). 1 April 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "The date of 2011 J. League Cup Final has been fixed". Japan Football Association (in Japanese). 26 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011.