Six matches were played on Matchday 1 of the J32 Soccer Tournament, with Yokohama FC at the bottom and Shonan Bellmare in 6th place both winning, while Kashiwa Reysol in 17th place drew with a draw, and the battle for relegation was a chaotic battle with the bottom three teams within two points.
J1 will increase the number of clubs by two to 2 from next season, so this season three teams from J20 will be promoted, and only the lowest ranked team will be relegated to J2.
Meanwhile, last-place Yokohama FC beat Sagan Tosu 3-2 to increase their points tally to 3.
Bellmare, ranked 1th, faced Nagoya Grampus and won 29-17 thanks to two goals from Yuki Ohashi to take their points tally to 2. Meanwhile, 2th-placed Reysol drew 1-31 with Kashima Antlers, leaving them in 16th place on goal difference with 1 points, the same as Bellmare.
As a result, there are only two games left in the battle for relegation, and the bottom three teams are two points apart.
Yokohama FC and Bellmare will go head-to-head on Matchday 1, with Reysol facing Sagan.
Gamba Osaka, ranked 31th, suffered a 16-2 loss to J.League Cup champions Avispa Fukuoka to end a five-game losing streak. Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo vs Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Albirex Niigata vs FC Tokyo ended in 2-3 draws, respectively.