Kashiwa Reysol 2 - 3 Kawasaki Frontale
He didn’t manage to score and claim the first season scoring record for himself, but he did manage a couple of assists. I was really impressed with the fact that he wasn’t going all out for himself. For our sake, I hope we’ll see more of him next year. For his sake, I guess I should hope that he gets a decent European move, rather than a stupid one. I’d say it makes a lot more sense for him to be playing in J1 than it does to play in the second division of Belgium, Spain or Switzerland. But I would say that wouldn’t I?
Some game stuff -
Olunga did an Olunga and scored. He seems pretty good at using his physicality to barge players out of the way but at the same time goes down quite easily if anyone tries to do the same to him. Gets the job done though, doesn’t he? I'm pleased that Sung-Ryong managed to not get a hand on the ball when he raced out of the box in the first half. Olunga really made the most of the contact though. Maybe that made him so angry that he just felt he had to smash Yamane out of the way for his goal. We looked rubbish at the back again. Their second was an absolute disaster for us defensively. Aside from the two goals though I didn’t think we came too close to conceding. They only had four shots on target apparently. We had a magnificent seven on target, so I guess we’ve put our shooting boots on. There were a few moments though when massive hoofed long balls looked like they might be about to catch us out. Thankfully they didn’t. Thanks to Kashiwa’s keeper for his generosity with the second goal. Really helped to turn the game in our favour. Two lovely finishes by Ienaga, a bit of sitter for Damiao and two nice assists for Mitoma. Job done!
Another day, another joke of a ref. I was kind of onside with him for a bit when he was actually booking players. Hasegawa probably deserved his yellow by the letter of the law as he kicked the ball away. Wish Iida had seen one or two of the five or six Kashiwa handballs in and around their area though. One player did it twice in one move. Sadly though, Iida was concentrating more on looking out for people kicking the ball away after the whistle. He did miss it when Olunga did it later though, but maybe he was distracted by wondering how he could give some more decisions Kashiwa’s way. Oh, and he apparently missed Cristiano screaming directly into the linesman’s face about a decision that he clearly got right, Never a good look that, and particularly so in Corona times. Must have been looking the other way for that one. But at least he saw Hasegawa kick the ball away! To be honest though, I’m merely going through the moaning about the ref motions here. They’re all as bad as one another, so by the usual standards of J League refereeing, I guess he had a good game. If by good, we mean utterly useless, but predictably useless.
Other bits -
GK 1. Sung-Ryong JUNG
DF 13. YAMANE Miki
DF 4. JESIEL
DF 34. YAMAMURA Kazuya (Yellow card 41')
DF 2. NOBORIZATO Kyohei
MF 6. MORITA Hidemasa (Yellow card 90+7)
MF 25. TANAKA Ao
MF 30. HATATE Reo
FW 19. SAITO Manabu
FW 9. LEANDRO DAMIAO
FW 16. HASEGAWA Tatsuya (Yellow card 21')
GK 27. TANNO Kenta
DF 5. TANIGUCHI Shogo( on for NOBORIZATO 90+7')
MF 8. WAKIZAKA Yasuto (on for HATATE 78')
FW 11. KOBAYASHI Yu (on for LEANDRO DAMIAO 78')
FW 18. MITOMA Kaoru (on for HASEGAWA 46')
I only watched it on TV so my choice would be even more cliched than usual so I’ll decline this time.
IENAGA (Frontale) 81' 2-3