2020 J.League Cup

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2020 J.League Cup
2020 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ
CountryFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Dates16 February 2020 – 4 January 2021
Teams16 (group stage)
19 (total)
Champions FC Tokyo (3rd title)
Runners-up Kashiwa Reysol
2019
2021

The 2020 J.League Cup, known as the 2020 J.League YBC Levain Cup (Japanese : 2020 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ) for sponsorship reasons, was the 28th edition of J.League Cup, a Japanese association football cup competition. It began on 16 February 2020 and ended on 4 January 2021.

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Format

All 18 teams playing in the 2020 J1 League participated. In addition, depending on the result of the 2020 AFC Champions League qualifying play-offs, one or two teams from 2020 J2 League with the best performance in the previous season (i.e. Matsumoto Yamaga and Júbilo Iwata, the 17th- and 18th-placed teams in 2019 J1 League, respectively) may participate. As FC Tokyo qualified for the AFC Champions League group stage, only Matsumoto Yamaga were invited.

Group stage

Participants of 2020 AFC Champions League group stage received byes for the group stage.

Sixteen teams played the group stage. They were divided into four groups of four teams by their finish on the 2019 J1 and J2 Leagues (parenthesized below).

Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. Each match would be played in 90 minutes.

Group stage tiebreakers

In the group stage, teams in a group were ranked by points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If the points were tied, the following tiebreakers were applied:

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams are tied, and applying all head-to-head criteria above remains a part of teams still tied, reapply the criteria above only for the tied teams.
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  9. Fewer disciplinary points;
  10. Drawing of lots.

In case of ranking third-placed teams across the groups, the following criteria was used:

  1. Points;
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Fewer disciplinary points;
  5. Drawing of lots.

Play-off stage

The number of play-off stage participants depends on the number of teams advanced to ACL group stage.

The play-off stage was played as two-legged ties of two teams each. The away goals rule, an extra time (away goals rule is not applied for the scores in the extra time), and a penalty shoot-out were used if needed.

Prime stage (Knockout stage)

The prime stage (knockout stage) was played by 8 teams who advanced to ACL group stage and won the play-off stage.

The quarter-finals and the semi-finals were played as two-legged ties (same as the play-off stage). The final was a single game.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system would be used during this stage.

Regulation changes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the extraordinary board held a meeting on 5 June 2020 to change the tournament method as follows: [1]

On 23 June, J.League announced that it would not use the video assistant referee (VAR) system. [2]

Schedule

The revised schedule was announced on 15 June 2020. [3]

StageRoundDate
Group stageMatchday 116 February 2020
Matchday 25 August 2020
Matchday 312 August 2020
Prime stage
Quarter-finals2 September 2020
Semi-finals7 October 2020
Final4 January 2021
(rescheduled from 7 November 2020)

Group stage

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts FRO GRA ANT SSP
1 Kawasaki Frontale 3210105+575–1
2 Nagoya Grampus 321062+47 [lower-alpha 1] 2–21–0
3 Kashima Antlers 310256132–3
4 Shimizu S-Pulse 3003311800–32–3
Source: Table, Results
Notes:
  1. Most points among the 2nd place finishers in each group.

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts CER RED VEG YAM
1 Cerezo Osaka 330081+791–04–1
2 Urawa Red Diamonds 210153+26 [lower-alpha 1] 5–2RED wins with 0 goal
3 Vegalta Sendai 20022863 [lower-alpha 1] 0–3VEG wins with 0 goal
4 Matsumoto Yamaga 10011430 [lower-alpha 1]
Source: Table, Results
Notes:
  1. 1 2 3 Matsumoto Yamaga did not participate in the 2nd and 3rd sections due to a change in regulations, and the 2 matches were declared 0-goal victories for the opposing teams.

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts CON SFR YFC SAG
1 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 321062+472–11–1
2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 210132+14 [lower-alpha 1] cancelled [lower-alpha 2]
3 Yokohama FC 31112314 [lower-alpha 1] 0–2
4 Sagan Tosu 200204410–30–1
Source: Table, Results
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head points: Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3, Yokohama FC 0.
  2. The match was cancelled after some members of Sagan Tosu were diagnosed with COVID-19. [4] JPFL then decided that no alternative match would be held, and both teams (Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Sagan Tosu) were added 1 point to finalize the standings in accordance with the game's guidelines. [5]

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts REY GAM BEL TRI
1 Kashiwa Reysol 330051+491–03–1
2 Gamba Osaka 311133040–1
3 Shonan Bellmare 310223131–21–0
4 Oita Trinita 301225311–1
Source: Table, Results

Prime stage (Knockout stage)

Prime stage is the single-leg knockout tournament contested between the 5 clubs that qualified from the group stage and the 3 AFC Champions League participants.

The draw for the prime stage took place on 13 August 2020. [6]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1 (4)
Yokohama F. Marinos (p) 1 (5)
Yokohama F. Marinos 0
Kashiwa Reysol 1
Cerezo Osaka 0
Kashiwa Reysol 3
Kashiwa Reysol 1
FC Tokyo 2
Vissel Kobe 0
Kawasaki Frontale 6
Kawasaki Frontale 0
FC Tokyo 2
FC Tokyo 3
Nagoya Grampus 0

Quarter-finals

The matches took place on 2 September 2020. [7]

Team 1 Score Team 2
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 1–1 (4–5 p) Yokohama F. Marinos
Cerezo Osaka 0–3 Kashiwa Reysol
Vissel Kobe 0–6 Kawasaki Frontale
FC Tokyo 3–0 Nagoya Grampus

Semi-finals

The matches were played on 7 October 2020. [8]

Team 1 Score Team 2
Yokohama F. Marinos 0–1 Kashiwa Reysol
Kawasaki Frontale 0–2 FC Tokyo

Final

Originally scheduled for 7 November 2020, the final was postponed 3 days prior after 13 of the Kashiwa Reysol club members, including their 70-year-old manager Nelsinho Baptista and three players, were tested positive for COVID-19. [9] [10] It was then scheduled to play on 4 January 2021, three days after the 2020 Emperor's Cup final. [11]

Kashiwa Reysol 1–2 FC Tokyo
Segawa Soccerball shade.svg 45' Report
National Stadium , Tokyo
Attendance: 24,219
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima

Top scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Japan.svg Yu Kobayashi Kawasaki Frontale 4
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro FC Tokyo 3
Flag of Japan.svg Kaoru Mitoma Kawasaki Frontale
Flag of Brazil.svg Bruno Mendes Cerezo Osaka
513 players2

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