In a fairly drab and uninspiring performance in Yokohama, Omiya Ardija were quite lucky by the end of the ninety minutes to cling on to the point. In fabulous conditions and on a pitch that could be used as a bowling green, the Squirrels did well in patches - although as in the match at Gamba Osaka, somehow Yasuhiro Higuchi's team never really got going.
Chikara Fujimoto returned for his first start since the Kyoto game back in March, alongside Denis Marques, who was clearly singled out by the Sailors' defence as being the man to mark and as such was on the receiving end of some strong challenges. Elsewhere, Shin Kanazawa retained his place on the left of midfield and Yosuke Kataoka put in a much better shift and won a lot of balls - whereas Daigo Kobayashi continues to go through a bit of a malaise.
Ardija scored in the 16th minute when Denis Marques was on hand to nod home from close range after a cross from Fujimoto. But the Sailors were the more dangerous team and had several goalscoring opportunities. Omiya conceded early on in the second half, partly through bad play and partly through bad luck. A clearance ricocheted off the referee that led to Roni weaving his way past defender Daisuke Tomita then feeding Hideo Oshima to score unchallenged, with Leandro appealing for an offside call that never was.
After coming on as a replacement for Kanazawa, youngster Kohei Tokita nearly won it at the end with what would have been his first ever goal for the Squirrels, and the ex-Hosei University student did well in his little cameo. For Marinos Roni should have settled it, but hit the post and overall this has to be considered a good point.