2012 J. League Cup

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2012 J. League Cup
Yamazaki Nabisco Cup
Country  Japan
Teams 18
Champions Kashima Antlers
Runners-up Shimizu S-Pulse
Matches played 55
Goals scored 170 (3.09 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Yuya Osako (Kashima Antlers) 7 goals

The 2012 J. League Cup, also known as the 2012 Yamazaki Nabisco Cup for sponsoring purposes, was the 37th edition of the most prestigious Japanese soccer league cup tournament and the 20th edition under the current J. League Cup format.

Kashima Antlers became the winners for two straight years and qualify for the 2013 Suruga Bank Championship.

Format[edit]

Teams from the J. League Division 1 will take part in the tournament. FC Tokyo, Gamba Osaka, Kashiwa Reysol and Nagoya Grampus were given a bye to the quarter-finals due to qualification in the 2012 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 stage[edit]

Standings[edit]

Results[edit]

Group A[edit]

20 March 2012
Tuesday 15:01
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 - 0 Vegalta Sendai
Nagata Goal 49' Report
Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 23,076
Referee: Okabe
20 March 2012
Tuesday 16:04
Sagan Tosu 2 - 1 Kawasaki Frontale
Okada Goal 53'
Noda Goal 65'
Report Goal 78' Yajima
Best Amenity Stadium
Attendance: 4,613
Referee: Tojo
20 March 2012
Tuesday 19:04
Jubilo Iwata 2 - 1 Cerezo Osaka
Matsuura Goal 59'
Maeda Goal 88'
Report Goal 38' Branquinho
Yamaha Stadium
Attendance: 8,036
Referee: Kimura

4 April 2012
Wednesday 19:03
Vegalta Sendai 2 - 0 Sagan Tosu
Matsushita Goal 51'
Kakuda Goal 62'
Report
Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 7,236
Referee: Yoshida
4 April 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Jubilo Iwata 4 - 3 Urawa Red Diamonds
Maeda Goal 7'
Chiyotanda Goal 57'
Matsuura Goal 77'
Yamada Goal 82'
Report Goal 34' Kojima
Goal 45+1' (o.g.) Rodrigo Souto
Goal 79' Takahashi
Yamaha Stadium
Attendance: 7,824
Referee: Ogiya
4 April 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 - 1 Kawasaki Frontale
Sato Goal 85' Report Goal 58' Jeci
Hiroshima Big Arch
Attendance: 6,413
Referee: Iida

18 April 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Kawasaki Frontale 3 - 1 Vegalta Sendai
Tasaka Goal 45+1'
Kobayashi Goal 45+3'57'
Report Goal 90' Muto
Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium
Attendance: 8,186
Referee: Matsuo
18 April 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Jubilo Iwata 1 - 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Yamada Goal 85' Report
Yamaha Stadium
Attendance: 6,372
Referee: Tojo
18 April 2012
Wednesday 19:30
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 - 4 Cerezo Osaka
Yajima Goal 42' Report Goal 11' Kiyotake
Goal 45' Fujimoto
Goal 49' Branquinho
Goal 81' Bando
Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 16,533
Referee: Sato

16 May 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Kawasaki Frontale 0 - 3 Urawa Red Diamonds
Report Goal 32' Kashiwagi
Goal 57'82' Ugajin
Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium
Attendance: 13,608
Referee: Murakami
16 May 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Cerezo Osaka 2 - 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Branquinho Goal 27'
Kim Goal 90+5'
Report Goal 30' Sato
KINCHO Stadium
Attendance: 6,397
Referee: Okabe
16 May 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Sagan Tosu 3 - 2 Jubilo Iwata
Inuzuka Goal 12'65'
Hayasaka Goal 62'
Report Goal 52' Matsuoka
Goal 88' Yamada
Best Amenity Stadium
Attendance: 4,642
Referee: Sato

6 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Cerezo Osaka 3 - 2 Kawasaki Frontale
Kempes Goal 47'
Kakitani Goal 58'86'
Summary Kusukami Goal 30'
Renatinho Goal 68'
Nagai Ball Gall Field
Attendance: 6,855
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
6 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 - 3 Vegalta Sendai
Shimizu Goal 24' Summary Nakahara Goal 56' (76)
Wilson Goal 65'
Hiroshima Big Arch
Attendance: 7,234
Referee: Minoru Tojo
6 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Sagan Tosu 2 - 1 Urawa Red Diamonds
Toyoda Goal 52'
Mizunuma Goal 80'
[ Report]
Summary
Marcio Richardes Goal 77'
Best Amenity Stadium
Attendance: 7,284
Referee: Kimura

9 June 2012
Saturday 16:00
Vegalta Sendai 1 - 0 Cerezo Osaka
Ryang Yong-Gi Goal 63' Summary
Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 8,638
Referee: Yoshiro Imamura
9 June 2012
Saturday 16:00
Kawasaki Frontale 0 - 1 Jubilo Iwata
Summary Yamazaki Goal 25'
Todoroki Athletics Stadium
Attendance: 7,970
Referee: Jumpei Iida
9 June 2012
Saturday 16:00
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5 - 1 Sagan Tosu
Koji Morisaki Goal 45+3'90'
Satō Goal 55' (pen.)
Ishihara Goal 78'82'
[ Report]
Summary
Mizunuma Goal 63'
Hiroshima Big Arch
Attendance: 10,132
Referee: Murakami

27 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Vegalta Sendai 4 - 0 Jubilo Iwata
Ota Goal 23'
Wilson Goal 56'
Akamine Goal 69'
Watanabe Goal 80'
Summary
Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 9,865
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura
27 June 2012
Wednesday 19:01
Urawa Red Diamonds 3 - 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Despotović Goal 43'
Noda Goal 62'
Yajima Goal 80'
Summary
Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 14,022
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
27 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Cerezo Osaka 5 - 0 Sagan Tosu
Ogihara Goal 24'
Kim Bo-Kyung Goal 45+4' (pen.)
Kakitani Goal 55'71'
Fujimoto Goal 90'
Summary
Kincho Stadium
Attendance: 7,280
Referee: Minoru Tojo

Group B[edit]

20 March 2012
Tuesday 13:04
Consadole Sapporo 0 - 1 Albirex Niigata
Report Goal 38' Mineiro
Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 7,487
Referee: Nakamura
20 March 2012
Tuesday 15:00
Kashima Antlers 2 - 0 Vissel Kobe
Osako Goal 20'
Endo Goal 45+1'
Report
Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 11,379
Referee: Matsuo
20 March 2012
Tuesday 16:00
Omiya Ardija 1 - 1 Yokohama F. Marinos
Carlinhos Goal 15' Report Goal 84' Saito
NACK5 Stadium Omiya
Attendance: 7,845
Referee: Yoshida

4 April 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Kashima Antlers 1 - 0 Omiya Ardija
Koroki Goal 31' Report
Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 6,515
Referee: Murakami
4 April 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 - 0 Albirex Niigata
Kobayashi Goal 16' Report
OUTSOURCING Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 7,479
Referee: Iemoto
4 April 2012
Wednesday 19:33
Yokohama F. Marinos 1 - 2 Consadole Sapporo
Matsumoto Goal 68' Report Goal 6' Oshima
Goal 45+2' Sakaki
Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium
Attendance: 7,148
Referee: Fukushima

18 April 2012
Wednesday 19:03
Consadole Sapporo 1 - 2 Kashima Antlers
Sakaki Goal 16' Report Goal 85' Juninho
Goal 90+4' Okamoto
Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 6,877
Referee: Okabe
18 April 2012
Wednesday 19:03
Albirex Niigata 1 - 0 Vissel Kobe
Hirai Goal 27' Report
Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium
Attendance: 8,158
Referee: Yoshida
18 April 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 - 0 Yokohama F. Marinos
Brosque Goal 76' Report
OUTSOURCING Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 8,753
Referee: Kimura

16 May 2012
Wednesday 19:03
Omiya Ardija 1 - 1 Consadole Sapporo
Kim Goal 53' Report Goal 88' Maeda
NACK5 Stadium Omiya
Attendance: 4,359
Referee: Yoshida
16 May 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Vissel Kobe 1 - 2 Shimizu S-Pulse
Matsumura Goal 64' Report Goal 55' Kobayashi
Goal 83' Takagi
HOME'S Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 3,778
Referee: Fukushima
16 May 2012
Wednesday 19:33
Yokohama F. Marinos 3 - 2 Kashima Antlers
Hyodo Goal 36'
Saito Goal 83'
Oguro Goal 86'
Report Goal 58' Endo
Goal 68' Juninho

6 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Consadole Sapporo 0 - 4 Shimizu S-Pulse
Summary Kawai Goal 2'
Lee Ki-Je Goal 5'
Ishige Goal 57'
Sugiyama Goal 78'
Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 3,687
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida
6 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Omiya Ardija 1 - 0 Vissel Kobe
Aoki Goal 31' Summary Bae Chun-Suk Red card 70'
NACK5 Stadium Omiya
Attendance: 4,204
6 June 2012
Wednesday 19:00
Albirex Niigata 0 - 1 Kashima Antlers
Summary Osako Goal 86'
Tohoku Electric Power Big Swan Stadium
Attendance: 9,986
Referee: Ryuji Sato

9 June 2012
Saturday 13:00
Yokohama F. Marinos 0 - 0 Albirex Niigata
Summary
Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 5,345
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto
9 June 2012
Saturday 13:00
Shimizu S-Pulse 3 - 1 Omiya Ardija
Hiraoka Goal 41'
Omae Goal 72' (pen.)
Shirasaki Goal 88'
Sumamry Hasegawa Goal 36'
Fukaya Red card 70'
Outsourcing Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 10,596
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura
9 June 2012
Saturday 13:00
Vissel Kobe 2 - 2 Consadole Sapporo
Ōkubo Goal 12'21' Summary Sakai Goal 35'
Okamoto Goal 38'
Home's Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 4,083
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura

27 June 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Kashima Antlers 2 - 1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Osako Goal 75'90' (pen.) Summary Ito Goal 14'
Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 6,207
Referee: Masaaki Iemoto
27 June 2012
Wednesday 19:03
Albirex Niigata 4 - 3 Omiya Ardija
Kogure Goal 62'
Hirai Goal 73'
Suzuki Goal 90'90+4'
Summary Shimizu Goal 15'49'
Watanabe Goal 40'
Tohoku Electric Power Big Swan Stadium
Attendance: 7,664
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida
27 June 2012
Wednesday 19:04
Vissel Kobe 3 - 2 Yokohama F. Marinos
Komoto Goal 9'87'
Morioka Goal 40'
Summary Ono Goal 37'
Kanai Goal 80'
Home's Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 5,029
Referee: Antonio Arias

Knock-out stage[edit]

All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                             
 Nagoya Grampus 1 3 4  
 Shimizu S-Pulse 0 4 4  
   Shimizu S-Pulse 1 3 4  
   F.C. Tokyo 2 0 2  
 F.C. Tokyo 2 2 4
   Vegalta Sendai 2 1 3  
     Shimizu S-Pulse 1
   Kashima Antlers 2
   Kashiwa Reysol 3 2 5  
 Gamba Osaka 1 1 2  
   Kashiwa Reysol 2 2 4
   Kashima Antlers 3 2 5  
 Cerezo Osaka 1 0 1
   Kashima Antlers 2 3 5  

Quarter finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

2012-07-25
19:00
Kashima Antlers 2 – 1 Cerezo Osaka
Iwamasa Goal 22'
Koroki Goal 25'
Kakitani Goal 33'
Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
Attendance: 6,203
Referee: Kevin Friend

2012-07-25
19:04
Vegalta Sendai 2 – 2 F.C. Tokyo
Tamura Goal 32'
Wilson Goal 50'
Watanabe Goal 16'
Ishikawa Goal 30'
Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai
Attendance: 8,873
Referee: Darren Deadman

2012-07-25
19:04
Shimizu S-Pulse 0 – 1 Nagoya Grampus
Yoshida Goal 77'
Outsourcing Stadium Nihondaira, Shimizu, Shizuoka
Attendance: 6,719
Referee: Minoru Tojo

2012-07-25
19:03
Gamba Osaka 1 – 3 Kashiwa Reysol
Niwa Goal 83' Kudo Goal 47'
Leandro Domingues Goal 76', Goal 90+5'
Expo '70 Commemorative Stadium, Suita, Osaka
Attendance: 7,083
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida

Second leg[edit]

2012-08-08
19:04
Kashiwa Reysol 2 – 1 Gamba Osaka
Leandro Domingues Goal 17'
Kudo Goal 60'
Sato Goal 30'
Kashiwa Hitachi Stadium, Kashiwa, Chiba
Attendance: 6,910
Referee: Jumpei Iida

2012-08-08
19:04
Cerezo Osaka 0 – 3 Kashima Antlers
Dutra Goal 28'
Koroki Goal 63'
Shibasaki Goal 70'
Osaka Nagai Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 9,133
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami

2012-08-08
19:05
F.C. Tokyo 2 – 0 Vegalta Sendai
Ishikawa Goal 81'
Watanabe Goal 90+3'
Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo
Attendance: 10,573
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

2012-08-08
19:03
Nagoya Grampus 3 – 4 Shimizu S-Pulse
Tulio Goal 54'
Fujimoto Goal 76', Goal 87'
Alex Goal 42'
Jymmy Franca Goal 69'
Senuma Goal 88'
Takagi Goal 90+3'
Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya
Attendance: 7,313
Referee: Ryuji Sato

Semifinals[edit]

First leg[edit]

2012-09-05
19:04
F.C. Tokyo 2 – 1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Kajiyama Goal 35'
Lucas Goal 80' (pen.)
(Report) Tokunaga Goal 23' (o.g.)
Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo
Attendance: 10,347
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida

2012-09-05
19:04
Kashima Antlers 3 – 2 Kashiwa Reysol
Osako Goal 7', Goal 69'
Renato Goal 36'
(Report) Barada Goal 35'
Leandro Domingues Goal 62'
Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
Attendance: 9,115
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Second leg[edit]

2012-10-13
14:00
Shimizu S-Pulse 3 – 0 F.C. Tokyo
Omae Goal 26'63'90+6' (pen.) Report

2012-10-13
19:00
Kashiwa Reysol 2 – 2 Kashima Antlers
Jorge Wagner Goal 37'
Neto Baiano Goal 90+4'
Report Dutra Goal 12'
Osako Goal 24'

Final[edit]

2012-11-03
13:05
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 - 2 (a.e.t.) Kashima Antlers
Omae Goal 77' (pen.) Report Shibasaki Goal 73' (pen.)93'

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Japan Yuya Osako Kashima Antlers 7
2 Japan Genki Omae Shimizu S-Pulse 5
Japan Yoichiro Kakitani Cerezo Osaka 5
4 Brazil Leandro Domingues Kashiwa Reysol 4

References[edit]