2007 J.League Cup

The 2007 edition of the J.League Cup sponsored by Nabisco began on March 21 with reigning champions JEF United seeking to claim their 3rd successive crown. This would equal the record set by Verdy Kawasaki when the competition began in 1992. The top 4 teams of each qualifying group automatically qualified for the quarter-finals with the best two remaining runners-up. Both Kawasaki Frontale and Urawa Red Diamonds were exempt from competing in the group stage, due to their entry into the Asian Champions League. They were therefore entered into the quarter-final stage which begins in the summer.

The final was on November 3 at the Tokyo National Stadium. The winners were Gamba Osaka, beating Kawasaki Frontale in the final 1-0 to claim its first J.League Cup championship. They qualified for the 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship and the 2008 Suruga Bank Championship.

Group stage

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 12640265+1
Gamba Osaka 106312106+4
JEF United Chiba 9630375+2
Vissel Kobe 461146137
March 21, 2007
Sanfrecce Hiroshima0 3Gamba Osaka
Vissel Kobe1 4JEF United
March 25, 2007
Gamba Osaka2 2Vissel Kobe
JEF United2 1Sanfrecce Hiroshima
April 4, 2007
Gamba Osaka0 1JEF United
Sanfrecce Hiroshima2 0Vissel Kobe
April 11, 2007
JEF United0 1Gamba Osaka
Vissel Kobe0 1Sanfrecce Hiroshima
May 9, 2007
Gamba Osaka0 1Sanfrecce Hiroshima
JEF United0 1Vissel Kobe
May 23, 2007
Sanfrecce Hiroshima1 0JEF United
Vissel Kobe2 4Gamba Osaka

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Yokohama Marinos 8622287+1
Shimizu S-Pulse 8622287+1
Kashiwa Reysol 86222660
Omiya Ardija 86222572
March 21, 2007
Kashiwa Reysol2 1Shimizu S-Pulse
Yokohama F-Marinos0 1Omiya Ardija
March 25, 2007
Omiya Ardija2 1Kashiwa Reysol
Shimizu S-Pulse2 2Yokohama F-Marinos
April 4, 2007
Kashiwa Reysol0 0Omiya Ardija
Yokohama F-Marinos2 0Shimizu S-Pulse
April 11, 2007
Omiya Ardija1 1Yokohama F-Marinos
Shimizu S-Pulse0 0Kashiwa Reysol
May 9, 2007
Yokohama F-Marinos3 0Kashiwa Reysol
Omiya Ardija1 2Shimizu S-Pulse
May 23, 2007
Kashiwa Reysol3 0Yokohama F-Marinos
Shimizu S-Pulse3 0Omiya Ardija

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Yokohama FC 9630365+1
Oita Trinita 96303660
Júbilo Iwata 76213781
March 21, 2007
Ōita Trinita1 0Yokohama FC
Júbilo Iwata2 2FC Tokyo
March 25, 2007
FC Tokyo0 2Ōita Trinita
Yokohama FC2 0Júbilo Iwata
April 4, 2007
Júbilo Iwata0 1Yokohama FC
Ōita Trinita0 1FC Tokyo
April 11, 2007
FC Tokyo2 1Júbilo Iwata
Yokohama FC1 2Ōita Trinita
May 9, 2007
Júbilo Iwata1 0Ōita Trinita
FC Tokyo0 1Yokohama FC
May 23, 2007
Ōita Trinita1 3Júbilo Iwata
Yokohama FC1 2FC Tokyo

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Kashima Antlers 126402127+5
Ventforet Kofu 106312561
Albirex Niigata 9623186+2
Nagoya Grampus Eight 260245116
March 21, 2007
Ventforet Kofu2 1Nagoya Grampus Eight
Albirex Niigata3 1Kashima Antlers
March 25, 2007
Kashima Antlers2 1Albirex Niigata
Nagoya Grampus Eight0 1Ventforet Kofu
April 4, 2007
Kashima Antlers0 1Ventforet Kofu
Nagoya Grampus Eight2 2Albirex Niigata
April 11, 2007
Kashima Antlers2 1Nagoya Grampus Eight
Albirex Niigata2 1Ventforet Kofu
May 9, 2007
Nagoya Grampus Eight1 4Kashima Antlers
Ventforet Kofu0 0Albirex Niigata
May 23, 2007
Ventforet Kofu0 3Kashima Antlers
Albirex Niigata0 0Nagoya Grampus Eight

Knockout stage

Quarter finals

Match Team #1 Agg. Team #2 1st leg 2nd leg
AUrawa Red Diamonds3-6Gamba Osaka1-12-5
BVentforet Kofu5-6Kawasaki Frontale3-22-4
CYokohama F. Marinos4-3F.C. Tokyo0-14-2
DSanfrecce Hiroshima2-3Kashima Antlers1-01-3

Semi finals

Semifinals Match#1

Gamba Osaka and Kashima Antlers ties on the aggregate with 3 – 3; Gamba Osaka advance to the final on away goal rule.

October 10, 2007
Gamba Osaka 1 – 0 Kashima Antlers
Endo  57' Report
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita
Attendance: 8,157
Referee: Joji Kashihara

October 13, 2007
Kashima Antlers 3 – 2 Gamba Osaka
Motoyama  41',  44'
Ogasawara  51'
Report  49' Bando
 66' Sidiclei
Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
Attendance: 16,279
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura

Semifinals Match#2

Kawasaki Frontale advances to the final on aggregate score of 6 – 3.

October 10, 2007
Yokohama F. Marinos 1 – 2 Kawasaki Frontale
Yamase  47' Official Report  8',  59' Juninho
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Attendance: 11,181
Referee: Kenji Ogiya

October 13, 2007
Kawasaki Frontale 4 – 2 Yokohama F. Marinos
Ito  20'
Jong Tae-Se  23'
Juninho  35'
Kurotsu  89'
Official Report  7' Ōshima
 37' Sakata
Todoroki Stadium, Kawasaki
Attendance: 15,948
Referee: Masayoshi Okada


November 3, 2007
Kawasaki Frontale 0 – 1 Gamba Osaka
Official Report  55' Yasuda
National Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 41,569
Referee: Toshimitsu Yoshida


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