Episode 482 - J1 Matchday 27 & The Return of the ACL

The J-Talk Podcast

Sep 19 2023 • 1 hr 33 mins

After a weekend of surprising results at both ends of the J1 table, Stuart Woodward and Ralf Seidl joined Jonny and Ben to chat about missed opportunities, but improved league positions for both Yokohama F.Marinos and Urawa Reds after matchday 27, while also looking ahead to the commencement of the ACL group stage.

In Part 1 Stuart guests following F.Marinos's 1-1 home draw against Tosu on Friday night, and chats about the pressure on Kevin Muscat to do well on the continental stage (to 23:23), then in Part 2 Ralf rues ridiculous refereeing after Reds were held 0-0 by Kyoto, also on Friday, and discusses the state of the defending ACL champs and their outlook for the remainder of the season (to 46:50).

Then in Part 3 Jonny and Ben review the rest of Matchday 27, including Hiroshima leaping back into title contention, and 10-man Kashima bullying Cerezo Osaka while climbing up to third, plus two big results in the relegation dogfight.