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JFL - Round 21 (Sunday)
Attention in the JFL was firmly focused at the bottom of the table on Sunday, with arguably three matches that could be described as "six-pointers" having been staged on the same day. But there was no doubt as to the most crucial of the three, though - bottom two Mitsubishi Mizushima and Honda Lock faced each other, the loser knowing that they faced a major battle to finish outside the relegation play-off places. Lock twice took the lead but on both occasions were pulled back to all-square and just when it seemed as if the game was petering out for a draw, an injury-time goal and then a further strike from midfielder Shinpei Watanabe gave the win and three crucial points to Mitsubishi.

Under normal circumstances, this would have been enough to move the Okayama prefecture-based side up the table, but Ryutsu Keizai University remain a point ahead as they too came from behind to win at JEF Club; FC Ryukyu's 1-0 defeat of FC Kariya means that there are a bunch of four teams within a point of each other just above the two play-off places. Truly, every point counts for all of these teams - and Sagawa Printing - between now and the end of the season.

Further up the table, both Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo and YKK AP moved above Sagawa Kyubin Osaka on goal difference into third and fourth places respectively, thanks to home wins over mid-table sides. Leading scorer Tetsuya Okubo was again on target, as Sagawa Tokyo beat Arte Takasaki 3-1 after conceding a second-minute opener, while SC Tottori fell 2-1 to YKK.

30 Jul - Mitsubishi’s Kentaro Takamatsu clashes with Lock keeper Ryo Tsunoda

Mitsubishi’s Kentaro Takamatsu clashes with Lock keeper Ryo Tsunoda

Sun 30 Jul: FC Ryukyu 1-0 FC Kariya
Sun 30 Jul: JEF Club 1-2 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 30 Jul: Mitsubishi Mizushima 4-2 Honda Lock
Sun 30 Jul: Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 3-1 Arte Takasaki
Sun 30 Jul: YKK AP 2-1 SC Tottori

1 Honda FC 50 (+23)
2 Rosso Kumamoto 46 (+21)
3 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 42 (+31)
4 YKK AP 42 (+24)
5 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 42 (+20)
6 Yokogawa Musashino 39 (+11)
7 Tochigi SC 38 (+10)
8 Alo's Hokuriku 37 (+17)
9 Sony Sendai 32 (+6)
10 SC Tottori 23 (+2)
11 Arte Takasaki 22 (-16)
12 JEF Club 19 (-9)
13 FC Kariya 19 (-17)
14 Sagawa Printing 19 (-20)
15 FC Ryukyu 18 (-11)
16 Ryutsu Keizai University 15 (-21)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 14 (-33)
18 Honda Lock 9 (-38)

30 Jul 06 - Sagawa Tokyo have beaten Arte Takasaki 3-1, you know

Sagawa Tokyo have beaten Arte Takasaki 3-1, you know

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