Soccer: J-League wraps up season of obstacles, new records

The J-League first division brought down the curtain Saturday on a 2020 season marked by unprecedented challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, and a record-breaking march to the title by three-time champions Kawasaki Frontale. The season’s fate looked uncertain when the league suspended play with the J1 and J2 barely under way in March, before a wave of coronavirus infections across Japan. Teams returned to the pitch some four months later, initially without spectators, playing twice a week as part of a tightly packed, redrawn schedule. Kawasaki burst out of the blocks from the rest…

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