2018 Emperor's Cup

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2018 Emperor's Cup
CountryFlag of Japan.svg Japan
Dates26 May – 9 December
Teams88
Champions Urawa Red Diamonds
Runners-up Vegalta Sendai
AFC Champions League Urawa Red Diamonds
2017
2019

The 98th Emperor's Cup (天皇杯 JFA 第98回全日本サッカー選手権大会) was the 2018 edition of the annual Japanese national football cup tournament, which began on 26 May 2018 and ended with the final on 9 December 2018 at the Saitama Stadium 2002. [1] The final was held earlier than the usual date of 1 January due to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Contents

The draw for the first four rounds was held on 29 March 2018. [2]

As a result of its win, Urawa Red Diamonds automatically qualified to the group stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League.

Calendar

RoundDateMatchesClubsNew entries this round
First Round 26–27 May2447+1 → 24
Second Round 6 June3224+40 → 32
  • 18 J1 clubs
  • 22 J2 clubs
Third Round 11 July, 22 August1632 → 16
Fourth Round 22 August, 26 September816 → 8
Quarter-finals 24 October, 21 November48 → 4
Semi-finals 5 December24 → 2
Final 9 December12 → 1

Participating clubs

88 clubs competed in the tournament. Clubs playing in the 2018 J1 League and 2018 J2 League received a bye to the second round of the tournament. The remaining teams entered in the first round.

2018 J1 League
all clubs
2018 J2 League
all clubs
Amateur Best Team47 prefectural tournament winners

Results

First Round

The first round matches were held on 26 and 27 May 2018.

26 May 2018 Iwaki FC 1–2 Sony Sendai FC
13:00 Report Attendance: 2,298
26 May 2018 Tadotsu FC 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Tokai University Kumamoto
13:00 Report Attendance: 233
26 May 2018 Arterivo Wakayama 2–3 (a.e.t.) Honda FC
13:00 Report Attendance: 670
26 May 2018 FC Ryukyu 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–6 p)
FC Imabari
19:00 Report Attendance: 1,064
27 May 2018 Kataller Toyama 1–0 Ococias Kyoto AC
13:00 Report Attendance: 1,129

Second Round

The second round matches were held on 6 June 2018.

6 June 2018 Sagan Tosu 7–0 Tadotsu FC Best Amenity Stadium, Tosu
19:00 Report Attendance: 2,314
6 June 2018 Montedio Yamagata 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
FC Gifu ND Soft Stadium Yamagata, Tendō
19:00 Report Attendance: 1,863
6 June 2018 Urawa Red Diamonds 3–0 YSCC Yokohama Urawa Komaba Stadium, Saitama
19:00 Own-goal Soccerball shade.svg 34'
Koroki Soccerball shade.svg 45+2' (pen.)
Yamada Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Report Attendance: 4,276
Referee: N. Murakami
Notes
  • ^
    1: In this match, the original penalty shoot-out ended 4 – 5 as a win for Nara Club; however, on 11 June the JFA ruled that due to a mis-application of rules during the fourth shot taken by Nara Club, the penalty shoot-out would be replayed from the beginning. [3] The replayed penalty shoot-out was held on 28 June 2018.
  • Third Round

    The third round matches were held on 11 July and 22 August 2018.

    11 July 2018 Kawasaki Frontale 1–1 (a.e.t.)
    (4–2 p)
    Mito HollyHock K's denki Stadium Mito, Mito
    19:00 Report Attendance: 3,058
    Referee: Jumpei Iida
    11 July 2018 Urawa Red Diamonds 2–1 Matsumoto Yamaga Matsumotodaira Park Stadium, Matsumoto
    19:00 Maurício Soccerball shade.svg 42', Soccerball shade.svg 85' Report Nagai Soccerball shade.svg 10'Attendance: 12,077
    Referee: T. Kakinuma
    Notes
  • ^
    2: Postponed to 22 August due to the 2018 Japan floods. [4]
  • Fourth Round

    The fourth round matches were held on 22 August and 26 September 2018.

    22 August 2018 Kawasaki Frontale 3–1 Shonan Bellmare Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium, Kawasaki
    19:00
    Report
    Attendance: 8,553
    Referee: Yoshiro Imamura
    22 August 2018 Sagan Tosu 3–0 Vissel Kobe Best Amenity Stadium, Tosu
    19:00
    Report Attendance: 17,361
    Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
    22 August 2018 Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 Tokyo Verdy Kumagaya Athletic Stadium, Kumagaya
    19:00
    Report Attendance: 6,458
    Referee: Akihiko Ikeuchi
    26 September 2018 Kashima Antlers 2–0 (a.e.t.) Sanfrecce Hiroshima Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
    19:00 Silva Soccerball shade.svg 96'
    Misao Soccerball shade.svg 117'
    Report Attendance: 3,832
    Referee: Toru Kakinuma
    26 September 2018 Júbilo Iwata 4–2 Consadole Sapporo Yamaha Stadium, Iwata
    19:00
    Report
    Attendance: 2,855
    Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura

    Quarter-finals

    The quarter-finals were held on 24 October 2018 and 21 November 2018.

    24 October 2018 Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 Sagan Tosu Kumagaya Athletic Stadium, Kumagaya
    19:03
    Report Attendance: 7,867
    Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami
    24 October 2018 Júbilo Iwata 1–1 (a.e.t.)
    (3–4 p)
    Vegalta Sendai Yamaha Stadium, Iwata
    19:03
    Report
    Attendance: 4,068
    Referee: Takuto Okabe
    Penalties
    Ogawa Soccerball shad check.svg
    Araki Soccerball shad check.svg
    Oi Soccerball shade cross.svg
    Uehara Soccerball shad check.svg
    Miyazaki Soccerball shade cross.svg
    Soccerball shad check.svg Nagato
    Soccerball shad check.svg Notsuda
    Soccerball shad check.svg Ishihara
    Soccerball shad check.svg Germain
    Soccerball shade cross.svg Havenaar
    24 October 2018 Kawasaki Frontale 2–3 Montedio Yamagata ND Soft Stadium Yamagata, Tendō
    19:03
    Report
    Attendance: 5,356
    Referee: Yusuke Araki

    Semi-finals

    The semi-finals were originally scheduled to be held on 16 December 2018. However, the semi-finals were rescheduled after Kashima Antlers won the 2018 AFC Champions League, which would have created a scheduling conflict with Kashima's participation in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup. [5]

    5 December 2018 Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 Kashima Antlers Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
    19:04
    Report Attendance: 13,949
    Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
    5 December 2018 Vegalta Sendai 3–2 Montedio Yamagata Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Sendai
    19:04
    Report
    Attendance: 16,604
    Referee: Masaaki Toma

    Final

    The final was originally scheduled to be held on 24 December 2018. However, the semi-finals were rescheduled after Kashima Antlers won the 2018 AFC Champions League, which could have created a scheduling conflict with the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup. [5]

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