2021 J.League Cup

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2021 J.League Cup
2021 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ
CountryJapan
Dates2 March – 30 October
Teams16 (group stage)
20 (total)
Matches played56
Goals scored138 (2.46 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Flag of Japan.svg Teruhito Nakagawa
(4 goals)
2020
2022
All statistics correct as of 13 June 2021.

The 2021 J.League Cup, known as the 2021 J.League YBC Levain Cup (Japanese : 2021 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ) for sponsorship reasons, is the 29th edition of J.League Cup, a Japanese association football cup competition. It began on 2 March 2021 and is scheduled to end on 30 October that year. [1]

Contents

FC Tokyo is the cup holders, having won their third title.

Format

All 20 teams playing in the 2021 J1 League are participating. Four clubs involved in the 2021 AFC Champions League receive byes for the group and playoff stages. They were Kawasaki Frontale, Gamba Osaka, Nagoya Grampus, and Cerezo Osaka.

Sixteen teams played in the group stage. They were divided into four groups of four teams by their finish on the 2020 J1 and J2 Leagues (parenthesized below).

Schedule

StageRoundDate [1]
Group stageMatchday 12–3 March 2021
Matchday 227–28 March 2021
Matchday 320–21 April 2021
Matchday 428 April 2021
Matchday 55 May 2021
Matchday 619 May 2021
Play-off stage2, 5, 6 June 2021 (first leg)
6, 13 June 2021 (second leg)
Prime stage
Quarter-finals1 September 2021 (first leg)
5 September 2021 (second leg)
Semi-finals6 October 2021 (first leg)
10 October 2021 (second leg)
Final30 October 2021

Group stage

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

All times listed are in Japan Standard Time (JST, UTC+9).

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 accordingly:

  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.

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Kashima Antlers 6330144+1012Advanced to play-off stage
2 Consadole Sapporo 6321118+311
3 Avispa Fukuoka 6222101118
4 Sagan Tosu 6015517121
Source: J.League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
3 March 2021 (2021-03-03) Avispa Fukuoka 2–3 Consadole Sapporo Fukuoka
18:03
Report
Stadium: Best Denki Stadium
Attendance: 1,564
Referee: Hajime Matsuo
3 March 2021 (2021-03-03) Kashima Antlers 3–0 Sagan Tosu Kashima
19:03
Report Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 3,784
Referee: Hayato Shimizu
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Sagan Tosu 1–5 Consadole Sapporo Tosu
14:03 Tashiro Soccerball shade.svg 67' Report
Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium
Attendance: 4,399
Referee: Futoshi Nakamura
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Avispa Fukuoka 1–5 Kashima Antlers Fukuoka
18:03 Carlos Soccerball shade.svg 75' Report
Stadium: Best Denki Stadium
Attendance: 3,964
Referee: Ryo Tanimoto
20 April 2021 (2021-04-20) Kashima Antlers 3–0 Consadole Sapporo Kashima
19:03
Report Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 4,477
Referee: Hiroyoshi Takayama
21 April 2021 (2021-04-21) Sagan Tosu 0–1 Avispa Fukuoka Tosu
19:03 Report Croux Soccerball shade.svg 82'Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium
Attendance: 4,227
Referee: Takuto Okabe
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Consadole Sapporo 1–1 Avispa Fukuoka Sapporo
19:03 Anderson Lopes Soccerball shade.svg 84' Report Mary Soccerball shade.svg 90+4'Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 4,446
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Sagan Tosu 2–2 Kashima Antlers Tosu
19:03
Report
Stadium: Ekimae Real Estate Stadium
Attendance: 3,402
Referee: Yoshiro Imamura
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Consadole Sapporo 2–1 Sagan Tosu Sapporo
14:03
Report Yuzawa Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 7,507
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Kashima Antlers 1–1 Avispa Fukuoka Kashima
15:03 Shirasaki Soccerball shade.svg 31' Report Mary Soccerball shade.svg 24'Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 8,343
Referee: Futoshi Nakamura
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) Consadole Sapporo 0–0 Kashima Antlers Sapporo
19:03 Report Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 2,829
Referee: Yoshiro Imamura
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) Avispa Fukuoka 4–1 Sagan Tosu Fukuoka
19:03
Report Hayashi Soccerball shade.svg 74'Stadium: Best Denki Stadium
Attendance: 979
Referee: Akihiko Ikeuchi

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 FC Tokyo 633062+412Advanced to play-off stage
2 Vissel Kobe 622264+28
3 Oita Trinita 61324626
4 Tokushima Vortis 61233745
Source: J.League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
2 March 2021 (2021-03-02) Oita Trinita 1–3 Vissel Kobe Ōita
19:03 Fujimoto Soccerball shade.svg 20' Report
Stadium: Showa Denko Dome Oita
Attendance: 3,320
Referee: Hiroki Kasahara
3 March 2021 (2021-03-03) FC Tokyo 1–0 Tokushima Vortis Chōfu
18:03 Tagawa Soccerball shade.svg 59' Report Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Attendance: 3,788
Referee: Takuto Okabe
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Tokushima Vortis 0–1 Oita Trinita Naruto
14:03 Report Nagasawa Soccerball shade.svg 5'Stadium: Pocarisweat Stadium
Attendance: 2,322
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) FC Tokyo 2–0 Vissel Kobe Chōfu
14:03
Report Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Attendance: 6,512
Referee: Hajime Matsuo
21 April 2021 (2021-04-21) Vissel Kobe 0–1 Tokushima Vortis Kobe
18:03 Report Kawata Soccerball shade.svg 30'Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 2,184
Referee: Dai Matsumoto
21 April 2021 (2021-04-21) Oita Trinita 0–1 FC Tokyo Ōita
19:03 Report Nagai Soccerball shade.svg 50'Stadium: Showa Denko Dome Oita
Attendance: 2,806
Referee: Akihiko Ikeuchi
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Vissel Kobe 0–0 Oita Trinita Kobe
18:03 Report Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Tokushima Vortis 1–1 FC Tokyo Naruto
19:03 Hamashita Soccerball shade.svg 12' Report Uvini Soccerball shade.svg 47'Stadium: Pocarisweat Stadium
Attendance: 1,969
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Oita Trinita 1–1 Tokushima Vortis Ōita
14:03 Takazawa Soccerball shade.svg 14' Report Cacá Soccerball shade.svg 84'Stadium: Showa Denko Dome Oita
Attendance: 3,987
Referee: Masaaki Toma
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Vissel Kobe 0–0 FC Tokyo Kashima
15:03 Report Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Referee: Hiroki Kasahara
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) FC Tokyo 1–1 Oita Trinita Chōfu
19:03 Nagai Soccerball shade.svg 63' Report Yumiba Soccerball shade.svg 45+2'Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Attendance: 2,842
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) Tokushima Vortis 0–3 Vissel Kobe Naruto
19:03 Report
Stadium: Pocarisweat Stadium
Attendance: 3,448
Referee: Hajime Matsuo

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 623175+29Advanced to play-off stage
2 Shonan Bellmare 615043+18
3 Yokohama FC 62135617
4 Kashiwa Reysol 61326826
Source: J.League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
2 March 2021 (2021-03-02) Shonan Bellmare 0–0 Urawa Red Diamonds Hiratsuka
18:03 Report Stadium: Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka
Attendance: 3,022
Referee: Masaaki Toma
3 March 2021 (2021-03-03) Kashiwa Reysol 0–1 Yokohama FC Kashiwa
18:03 Report S. Ito Soccerball shade.svg 51' (pen.)Stadium: Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium
Attendance: 2,260
Referee: Ryo Tanimoto
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Shonan Bellmare 1–0 Yokohama FC Hiratsuka
15:03 Nemoto Soccerball shade.svg 47' Report Stadium: Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka
Attendance: 4,865
Referee: Ryosuke Yamaoka
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Urawa Red Diamonds 0–1 Kashiwa Reysol Saitama
15:03 Report Cristiano Soccerball shade.svg 79'Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 8,024
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami
21 April 2021 (2021-04-21) Kashiwa Reysol 1–1 Shonan Bellmare Kashiwa
18:03 Goya Soccerball shade.svg 28' Report Kobayashi Soccerball shade.svg 90'Stadium: Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium
Attendance: 2,152
Referee: Yusuke Araki
21 April 2021 (2021-04-21) Yokohama FC 1–2 Urawa Red Diamonds Yokohama
19:03 Kléber Soccerball shade.svg 14' Report Sugimoto Soccerball shade.svg 45', 57'Stadium: NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
Attendance: 2,481
Referee: Masaya Ueda
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Urawa Red Diamonds 0–0 Shonan Bellmare Saitama
18:03 Report Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 4,231
Referee: Ryo Tanimoto
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Yokohama FC 2–0 Kashiwa Reysol Yokohama
19:03
Report Stadium: NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
Attendance: 1,891
Referee: Shu Kawamata
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Yokohama FC 1–1 Shonan Bellmare Yokohama
14:03 Kléber Soccerball shade.svg 78' Report Hiraoka Soccerball shade.svg 42'Stadium: NHK Spring Mitsuzawa Football Stadium
Attendance: 4,004
Referee: Takuto Okabe
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Kashiwa Reysol 3–3 Urawa Red Diamonds Kashiwa
16:03
Report
Stadium: Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium
Attendance: 3,775
Referee: Hayato Shimizu
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 Yokohama FC Saitama
19:03
Report Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 4,252
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) Shonan Bellmare 1–1 Kashiwa Reysol Hiratsuka
19:03 Ikeda Soccerball shade.svg 50' Report Takahashi Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'Stadium: Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka
Attendance: 3,521
Referee: Hiroyoshi Takayama

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 Yokohama F. Marinos 6420174+1314Advanced to play-off stage
2 Shimizu S-Pulse 62227818
3 Vegalta Sendai 620471146
4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 612331185
Source: J.League
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
3 March 2021 (2021-03-03) Yokohama F. Marinos 1–0 Vegalta Sendai Yokohama
18:03 Onaiwu Soccerball shade.svg 16' Report Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 3,851
Referee: Yuki Noda
3 March 2021 (2021-03-03) Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–0 Shimizu S-Pulse Hiroshima
19:03 Report Stadium: Edion Stadium Hiroshima
Attendance: 1,904
Referee: Jumpei Iida
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Vegalta Sendai 0–1 Shimizu S-Pulse Sendai
14:03 Report Yu. Suzuki Soccerball shade.svg 70'Stadium: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 3,196
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Yokohama F. Marinos 5–0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Yokohama
14:03
Report Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 5,600
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto
21 April 2021 (2021-04-21) Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0–1 Vegalta Sendai Hiroshima
19:03 Report Kato Soccerball shade.svg 75'Stadium: Edion Stadium Hiroshima
Attendance: 1,739
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
21 April 2021 (2021-04-21) Shimizu S-Pulse 0–0 Yokohama F. Marinos Shizuoka
19:03 Report Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 3,466
Referee: Tomohiro Inoue
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Vegalta Sendai 2–5 Yokohama F. Marinos Sendai
18:03
Report
Stadium: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 1,953
Referee: Toru Kakinuma
28 April 2021 (2021-04-28) Shimizu S-Pulse 1–2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Shizuoka
19:03 Ibusuki Soccerball shade.svg 69' Report
Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 3,511
Referee: Futoshi Nakamura
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Shimizu S-Pulse 4–1 Vegalta Sendai Shizuoka
14:03
Report Sasaki Soccerball shade.svg 36'Stadium: IAI Stadium Nihondaira
Attendance: 5,376
Referee: Kazuyoshi Enomoto
5 May 2021 (2021-05-05) Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–1 Yokohama F. Marinos Hiroshima
14:03 Ayukawa Soccerball shade.svg 90+6' Report Ceará Soccerball shade.svg 28'Stadium: Edion Stadium Hiroshima
Attendance: 4,491
Referee: Akihiko Ikeuchi
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) Vegalta Sendai 3–0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima Sendai
19:03
Report Stadium: Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Attendance: 1,560
Referee: Ryo Tanimoto
19 May 2021 (2021-05-19) Yokohama F. Marinos 5–1 Shimizu S-Pulse Yokohama
19:03
Report Katayama Soccerball shade.svg 2'Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 4,363
Referee: Masaaki Toma

Play-off stage

Summary

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

The play-off stage was held over two legs; on 2, 5, and 6 June 2021 (first), and 6 and 13 June 2021 (second). All times listed are in Japan Standard Time (JST, UTC+9).

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Shimizu S-Pulse 1–3 Kashima Antlers 0–1 1–2
FC Tokyo 4–2 Shonan Bellmare 0–1 4–1
Consadole Sapporo 4–2 Yokohama F. Marinos 1–1 3–1
Vissel Kobe 3–4 Urawa Red Diamonds 1–2 2–2

Matches

Shimizu S-Pulse 0–1 Kashima Antlers
Report Hayashi Soccerball shade.svg 8'
IAI Stadium Nihondaira , Shizuoka
Attendance: 3,626
Referee: Futoshi Nakamura
Kashima Antlers2–1Shimizu S-Pulse
Report Thiago Santana Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Kashima Soccer Stadium , Kashima
Attendance: 7,274
Referee: Yoshiro Imamura

Kashima Antlers won 3–1 on aggregate.


FC Tokyo 0–1 Shonan Bellmare
Report Wellington Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium , Setagaya
Attendance: 4,284
Referee: Hayato Shimizu
Shonan Bellmare1–4FC Tokyo
Nakamura Soccerball shade.svg 44' Report
Lemon Gas Stadium Hiratsuka , Hiratsuka
Attendance: 4,690
Referee: Nobutsugu Murakami

FC Tokyo won 4–2 on aggregate.


Consadole Sapporo 1–1 Yokohama F. Marinos
Aoki Soccerball shade.svg 26' Report Nakagawa Soccerball shade.svg 45+2'
Sapporo Atsubetsu Stadium , Sapporo
Attendance: 3,814
Referee: Koichiro Fukushima
Yokohama F. Marinos1–3Consadole Sapporo
Mizunuma Soccerball shade.svg 61' Report

Consadole Sapporo won 4–2 on aggregate.


Vissel Kobe 1–2 Urawa Red Diamonds
Douglas Soccerball shade.svg 3' Report
Noevir Stadium Kobe , Kobe
Attendance: 4,720
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura
Urawa Red Diamonds2–2Vissel Kobe
Report
Urawa Komaba Stadium , Saitama
Attendance: 4,892
Referee: Akihiko Ikeuchi

Urawa Red Diamonds won 4–3 on aggregate.

Prime stage (Knockout stage)

The prime stage (knockout stage) is played between four teams which won at the play-off stage and the four 2021 AFC Champions League participants entering the tournament at this stage.

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

Quarter-finals

Summary

The quarter-finals will be held over two legs; on 1 (first) and 5 September 2021 (second). All times listed are in Japan Standard Time (JST, UTC+9).

Qualified teams

Top scorers

As of 13 June 2021
RankPlayerClubGoals [2]
1 Flag of Japan.svg Teruhito Nakagawa Yokohama F. Marinos 4
2 Flag of Japan.svg Hisashi Jogo Avispa Fukuoka 3
Flag of Japan.svg Ryonosuke Kabayama Yokohama F. Marinos
Flag of Japan.svg Kota Mizunuma Yokohama F. Marinos
Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Oliveira Consadole Sapporo
Flag of Japan.svg Ado Onaiwu Yokohama F. Marinos
Flag of Brazil.svg Everaldo Stum Kashima Antlers
8 Flag of Japan.svg Jun Amano Yokohama F. Marinos 2
Flag of Japan.svg Ryota Aoki Consadole Sapporo
Flag of Japan.svg Ryotaro Araki Kashima Antlers
Flag of Brazil.svg Léo Ceará Yokohama F. Marinos
Flag of Brazil.svg Douglas Vissel Kobe
Flag of Japan.svg Atsuki Ito Urawa Red Diamonds
Flag of Denmark.svg Kasper Junker Urawa Red Diamonds
Flag of Japan.svg Chihiro Kato Vegalta Sendai
Flag of Brazil.svg Kléber Yokohama FC
Flag of Brazil.svg Anderson Lopes Consadole Sapporo
Flag of Cameroon.svg John Mary Avispa Fukuoka
Flag of Kenya.svg Ayub Masika Vissel Kobe
Flag of Japan.svg Kensuke Nagai FC Tokyo
Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo Kashiwa Reysol
Flag of Japan.svg Takahiro Sekine Urawa Red Diamonds
Flag of Japan.svg Ryōhei Shirasaki Kashima Antlers
Flag of Brazil.svg Everaldo Stum Kashima Antlers
Flag of Japan.svg Kenyu Sugimoto Urawa Red Diamonds
Flag of Japan.svg Ayase Ueda Kashima Antlers
Flag of Japan.svg Yosuke Yuzawa Sagan Tosu

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