At Sendai's Yurtech Stadium FC Tokyo came from a goal down to beat Shimizu S-Pulse thanks to a brace by FW Shingo Akamine. Yokohama F Marinos also came from a goal down to ruin Sagan Tosu's dream at Saga's Best Amenity Stadium.
In Okayama, home to next years J2 debutants Fagiano Okayama a thriller was held between J1 Kashiwa Reysol and J2 kings Sanfreece Hiroshima. Kashiwa scored after just three minutes through DF Koga, however Hiroshima replied in the sixth minute through FW Sato. Kashima struck back immediately in the 13th minute through MF Suganuma but once again Hiroshima's Sato was unstoppable in setting up the equaliser in the 26th minute for Sanfreece. After the reamaining three quarters of the game was left scoreless it was up to Franca to pop in the winner in the ninth minute of additional time.
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 - 2 FC Tokyo (ht 1-2)
Sagan Tosu 1 - 3 Yokohama F Marinos (ht 1-2)
Kashiwa Reysol 3 - 2 (full-time 2-2) Sanfreece Hiroshima
Gamba Osaka 2 - 1 Nagoya Grampus (ht 2-0)