Shimizu S-Pulse 2 – Kashima Antlers 2 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Kashima went ahead in the 27th minute through Takuya Nozawa and Brazilian forward Marquinhos added the second shortly before halftime. But Japan striker Shinji Okazaki pulled one goal back immediately, and Norwegian forward Frode Johnsen struck the equaliser in the 54th minute to make sure S-Pulse remain unbeaten at home this season.
Kawasaki Frontale 2 – Vissel Kobe 2 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Yoshito Okubo canceled out a 26th minute long-range opener from Frontale captain Kengo Nakamura, only for Kosuke Kikuchi to restore the home side’s lead minutes before halftime. Former national team captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto then struck with a spectacular overhead-kick to rescue a point for Kobe at fourth-placed Kawasaki.
Yokohama F. Marinos 1 – Albirex Niigata 1 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Kisho Yano put Niigata ahead midway through the first half with a calm finish after collecting the ball over-the-top. The hosts drew level at the start of the second period as Daisuke Sakata tucked home an equaliser from close range.
Oita Trinita 1 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Urawa fell to a shock defeat at bottom club Oita, Yuki Fukaya handing the hosts only their second win of the season with a determined 83rd minute header from a corner.
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, July 18, 2009) Australian striker Josh Kennedy scored on his debut for slumping Nagoya , but it was not enough to prevent Kyoto Sanga from claiming a draw at Toyota Stadium.