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No fools Frontale start April on a high

Igawa's late goal for Kawasaki Frontale rescued the hosts' blushes against Ventforet Kofu and prevented them starting April in the J1 relegation zone. Goals have not been hard to come by for Frontale (called 'Frontahl' by many gaijin commentators), with the team averaging just under 2 per league game. However, Frontale have been conceding at a rate of knots, or should I say in Graham-Taylor-speak 'Did I nots like that' defensively? Erm, perhaps not!

Elsewhere, Yokohama F. Marinos continued to sweep all opposition aside with a not-too-convincing 3-2 win at home to FC Tokyo. Fujita's brace on his debut ensured the hosts stayed top of the league with a 100 per cent record. Next up for the Marinos is a tricky trip to reigning champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima, which will seriously test their mettle (particularly with the JSoccerMagazine crew in attendance - talking of which, see the averages attendances listed below)!

Sanfrecce haven't won at home this season, so will hope to put that right in the Champions League on Tuesday against Pohang Steelers first before taking on the table-toppers.

It is as you were in J2 too, as Vissel Kobe still lead the way after their 2-1 away win at Matsumoto Yamaga, thanks to a double riposte from Popo (one of last week's 'musketeers') to Funayama's opener. Vissel will hope to make the most of 'Home's advantage' when they take on second-placed Montedio Yamagata. They will need to be 'en garde' to foil the visitors goalscoring Peruvian midfielder Romero Berrocal Frank Lark. The last thing the 'Musketeers' will want is Romero 'Larking' around in their front yard.

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