Montedio Yamagata's promotion to J1 meant they get to play for the Japanese League Cup, called the Nabisco League Cup for sponsorship reasons. The competion began in 1992 and has been sponsored by cookies that whole time.
Like many league cups worldwide, the competion starts with a group stage. The four clubs that made the 2015 AFC Champions League receive a bye, and the remaining 14 are divided into two groups of seven. Each group plays a round robin and the top two from each group advance to the quarterfinals. Montedio Yamagata are in Group B with Vegalta Sendai, Kawasaki Frontale, Yokohama F · Marinos, Shimizu S-Pulse, Nagoya Grampus, and Vissel Kobe. Today Montedio play Shimizu S-Pulse. [Montedio win 3 - 1.]
The four AFC Champions League clubs are not absent without cause, they're playing these games:
Kashiwa Reysol 2 - 1 Shandong Luneng Taishan
Gamba Osaka 1 - 1 Buriram United
Beijing Guoan 2 - 0 Urawa Red Diamonds
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 4 - 3 Kashima Antlers
In Scotland, Celtic and Dundee United play their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay. [Celtic win 4 - 0.]
Yesterday: Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Stranraer. Stranraer take over first place in League One, a point up on Morton.