On saturday the J1 teams showed their power, Shimizu, Gamba and Kashima all over-whelming their opponents, although Kashima did leave it late against fellow J1 rivals Vissel Kobe.
On sunday though the story was different as JEF succumbed to FC Gifu, while FC Tokyo were totally outplayed by Vegalta Sendai.
In the other two games Meiji tried valiantly against Niigata but were outclassed, and Kawasaki and Yokohama looked like they were heading into extra time only for kawasaki to score with just minutes remaining.
Shimizu S-Pulse 3 - 0 Ventforet Kofu
Gamba Osaka 3 - 1 Sagan Tosu
Kashima Antlers 2 - 1 Vissel Kobe
Yokohama F Marinos 1 - 2 Kawasaki Frontale
FC Gifu 1 - 0 JEF United Chiba
FC Tokyo 0 - 3 Vegalta Sendai
Albirix Niigata 3 - 1 Meiji University
Nagoya Grampus 3 - 1 Jubilo Iwata