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13:00Aug 13th2020Five teams advance to the Prime Stage. Nagoya Grampus and Kawasaki Frontale top their group stage and qualify after sharing points.

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Five teams advance to the Prime Stage. Nagoya Grampus and Kawasaki Frontale top their group stage and qualify after sharing points.

J.League YBC Levain Cup Round 3, final match-day of the group stage, took place on the 12th of August, and five teams qualified to the next stage.

In Group A, Nagoya Grampus met Kawasaki Frontale, after both teams had won their two previous games. In the 1st minute, Nagoya took the lead with a goal from Yuki Soma. In the 6th minute, Kaoru Mitoma hd already equalized, but only one minute later, the home side added another with Gabriel Xavier's. However, Kaoru Mitoma found the net again and made it 2-2 In the 38th minute. In the second half, no goals were scored and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Both earned seven points, but Kawasaki, which scored more goals than Nagoya over the three games, won the group. However, Grampus as well qualified to the Prime Stage as best of the second classified teams. The other game in Group A featured Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashima Antlers. High School fresh graduates, Itsuki Someno and Yuta Matsumura scored the first goals of their career and led Kashima to  a 3-2 victory.

In Group B, Cerezo Osaka, traveled to Vegalta Sendai and triumphed 3-0 with striker Yoichiro Kakitani scoring the opener. The Kansai team won all three games and advanced to the Prime Stage.

In Group C, the match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu was postponed as some of Sagan Totsu players might have tested positive to corona virus. Consadole Sapporo hosted Yokohama FC and took the lead through a goal from Anderson Lopes in the 49th minute. Although, they conceded in the 57 minutes the game ended on a  1-1 score, enough for the Hokkaido team to guarantee seven points and qualification.

In Group D, Kashiwa Reysol, who were already qualified, topped 3-1 Oita Trinita with a double from Kengo Kitazume. In the other match, Gamba Osaka defeated Shonan Bellmare with two goals from teenager Shoji Toyama.

 

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