Vegalta Sendai top the J. League by a point after their 2-2 draw with Jubilo Iwata.
Former Sweden and Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has left Shimizu S-Pulse by mutual consent after just six months at the Japanese J-League side.
Kashiwa Reysol will have to wait for another week for a chance to clinch the J.League title after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Cerezo Osaka.
Akira Nishino is set to step down as Gamba Osaka manager at the end of the season, with reports linking him to the vacant position at J.League rivals Urawa Reds.
Title-chasing Kashiwa Reysol moved three points clear at the top of the J.League after claiming their fifth successive win with a 2-1 victory at Shimizu S-Pulse.
Montedio Yamagata's relegation from the J.League was confirmed today as they lost 2-0 at Vissel Kobe.
Avispa Fukuoka's seemingly inevitable relegation to J. League Division Two was confirmed today after they suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Albirex Niigata.
Defending J.League champions Nagoya Grampus cut Gamba Osaka's lead at the top of the table to one point after doubles from Naoshi Nakamura and Jungo Fujimoto sealed a crucial 4-1 triumph over their title rivals at Mizuho Athletic Stadium.
Gamba Osaka retained their one-point advantage at the top of the J.League on Sunday with a 1-0 home victory over Urawa Red Diamonds.
Kashiwa Reysol missed the chance to go top of the J.League after they lost 3-1 at home to relegation-threatened Omiya Ardija.