2018 J.League Cup

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2018 J. League Cup
2018 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ
Country  Japan
Dates 7 March – 27 October 2018
Teams 20
Champions Shonan Bellmare
Runners-up Yokohama F. Marinos
Matches played 69
Top goal scorer(s) Sho Ito
2017
2019 →

The 2018 J.League Cup (2018 Jリーグカップ), or officially the 2018 J.League YBC Levain (2018 JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ), is the 43rd edition of the Japanese football league cup tournament and the 26th edition under the current J. League Cup format.

Format

[1]

Byes
Teams that qualified for 2018 AFC Champions League group stage (3 or 4 teams) are given byes to the quarter-finals.
Group stage
The group stage is played by 16 teams, consisting of all other 2018 J1 League participants (14 or 15 teams) plus top 1 or 2 2018 J2 League participants based on the ranking of the previous season (i.e., 16th-placed team, and 17th-placed team if applicable, of 2017 J1 League).
Play-off stage
Play-off stage is played as four or five two-legged ties (number depending on the number of teams given byes to the quarter-finals so that eight teams play the quarter-finals).
  • If four teams are given byes to the quarter-finals, eight teams (top two teams of each group) advances to the play-off stage and composes four ties.
  • If three teams are given byes to the quarter-finals, ten teams (top two teams of each group, plus two best third-placed teams among four groups) advances to the play-off stage and composes five ties.

After the play-off stage where eight teams are active, quarterfinals (two-legged), semifinals (two-legged) and the final (single match) are played.

Group stage

Played between March 7 & May 16.

Tiebreakers

[1]

To determine the ranking of a group, teams with the same points are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. Points in the matches between the teams in question,
  2. Goal differences in the matches between the teams in question,
  3. Number of goals in the matches between the teams in question,
  4. Number of away goals in the matches between the teams in question.
  5. In case there are still two or more tied teams by the criteria above, re-apply them for only the tied teams. If the process does not classify teams anymore, see the following criteria.
  6. Goal differences in all group matches,
  7. Number of goals in all group matches,
  8. Penalty shoot-out (only if just two teams are tied, and they play the last group match)
  9. Fewer disciplinary points,
  10. Drawing of lots.

To determine the best third-placed teams (if needed), teams with the same points are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. Goal differences in all group matches,
  2. Number of goals in all group matches,
  3. Fewer disciplinary points,
  4. Drawing of lots.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts VEG YMA ALB TOK
1 Vegalta Sendai 6 3 2 1 10 6 +4 11 4–2 1–1 3–0
2 Yokohama F. Marinos 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 11 0–0 2–1 1–0
3 Albirex Niigata 6 2 1 3 9 10 −1 7 3–1 1–3 3–2
4 FC Tokyo 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4 0–1 2–2 1–0
Source: Group A League table

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts JÚB VEN SSP CON
1 Júbilo Iwata 6 4 0 2 9 7 +2 12 3–2 2–1 2–3
2 Ventforet Kofu 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 10 0–1 1–0 3–0
3 Shimizu S-Pulse 6 3 1 2 8 5 +3 10 1–0 1–1 2–1
4 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 6 1 0 5 4 14 −10 3 0–1 0–3 0–3
Source: Group B League table

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts RED GAM SFR GRA
1 Urawa Red Diamonds 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13 1–4 1–0 2–0
2 Gamba Osaka 6 3 0 3 12 13 −1 9 0–1 0–4 1–4
3 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 2 1 3 9 7 +2 7 0–0 2–3 2–1
4 Nagoya Grampus 6 2 0 4 9 14 −5 6 1–4 1–4 2–1
Source: Group C League table

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts VIS BEL VVN SAG
1 Vissel Kobe 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11 3–4 2–2 1–1
2 Shonan Bellmare 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 10 0–3 2–0 1–0
3 V-Varen Nagasaki 6 2 1 3 9 11 −2 7 1–2 2–1 3–2
4 Sagan Tosu 6 1 2 3 5 8 −3 5 0–2 0–0 2–1
Source: Group D League table

Bracket

  Play-off stage Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
 Ventforet Kofu 2 1 3  
 Urawa Red Diamonds 0 2 2  
   Ventforet Kofu 2 1 3  
   Kashiwa Reysol (a) 2 1 3  
 Kashiwa Reysol
 Bye  
   Kashiwa Reysol 1 2 3 (4)  
   Shonan Bellmare (p) 1 2 3 (5)  
 Shonan Bellmare 3 1 4  
 Vegalta Sendai 0 3 3  
   Shonan Bellmare 3 2 5
   Cerezo Osaka 0 2 2  
 Cerezo Osaka
 Bye  
   Shonan Bellmare 1
   Yokohama F. Marinos 0
 Kashima Antlers  
 Bye  
   Kashima Antlers 1 3 4
   Kawasaki Frontale 1 1 2  
 Kawasaki Frontale
 Bye  
   Kashima Antlers 1 2 3
   Yokohama F. Marinos 2 2 4  
 Gamba Osaka 1 3 4  
 Júbilo Iwata 0 2 2  
   Gamba Osaka 0 1 1
   Yokohama F. Marinos 4 3 7  
 Yokohama F. Marinos 4 1 5
 Vissel Kobe 2 1 3  

Play-off stage

In each tie (two-legged tie) of play-offs, quarterfinals or semifinals, away goals rule is applied for goals in the regular playing time, but not in the extra time[1].

Played on June 2 & 9.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shonan Bellmare 4–3 Vegalta Sendai 3–0 1–3
Gamba Osaka 4–2 Júbilo Iwata 1–0 3–2
Ventforet Kofu 3–2 Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 1–2
Yokohama F. Marinos 5–3 Vissel Kobe 4–2 1–1

Quarterfinals

Played on September 5 & 9.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shonan Bellmare 5–2 Cerezo Osaka 3–0 2–2
Ventforet Kofu 3–3 (a) Kashiwa Reysol 2–2 1–1
Gamba Osaka 1–7 Yokohama F. Marinos 0–4 1–3
Kashima Antlers 4–2 Kawasaki Frontale 1–1 3–1

First leg




Second leg




Semifinals

Played on October 10 & 14.


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Kashiwa Reysol 3–3 (4–5 p) Shonan Bellmare 1–1 2–2 (a.e.t.)
Kashima Antlers 3–4 Yokohama F. Marinos 1–2 2–2

First leg


Second leg


Final


Top goalscorers

As of match played 27 October 2018.[2]
Rank Player Club Goals
1
Japan Sho Ito Yokohama F. Marinos
8
2
Japan Shun Nagasawa Vissel Kobe
7
3
Portugal Hugo Vieira Yokohama F. Marinos
5
South Korea Hwang Ui-jo Gamba Osaka
5

References

  1. ^ a b c "2018JリーグYBCルヴァンカップ 大会方式および試合方式について" [2018 J.League YBC Levain Cup tournament format] (in Japanese). J.League. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.jleague.jp/en/stats/goal.html?s=YLC

External links

  • Official site (in Japanese)
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