Kawasaki Frontale 2 - 1 Kashima Antlers
The only other points I have to make are the usual 'amusing' borderline abusive comments that I like to make about opposition players who I don’t like. I have never seen Diego Pituca look so shocked as he did when the penalty was awarded against him. Well, not since he allegedly pushed an assailant into an Amsterdam canal and possibly committed manslaughter in self-defence. Or perhaps that time when he had to leave daytime TV quiz show Eggheads due to an allegation that he was later cleared of. (Yeah, this is a very niche reference and weak comparison, but I’m to keep going with it every time he plays against us and annoys me. Actually, the second half of that is probably superfluous). Hmmmm. Who should I whinge about next…? Maybe there’s no-one worth mentioning. No-one who really embodies the (spit on the ball when the decision goes against you) ‘Spirit of Zico’ in the Kashima team… Ah! How could I forget? It's Yuma Suzuki, whose panto villain elements just increase game by game. Perhaps worried that he will soon engineer a transfer to an extremely minor level foreign league on a big salary by sulking and refusing to play, he now seems to have been made Kashima’s captain, setting an example for his teammates with cool-headed and reasonable reactions to decisions, and fair play at all times. Clearly I’m aware that he’s a good player, and in this game everything seemed to be going through him for Kashima. Pleasingly that meant that when the ball did make it into the box he wasn’t there, as he tended to be the supplier instead, and therefore he didn’t manage to score. He did however manage to shin one of our players in the face in an incident that surely warranted a yellow and probably a red. But refs seem to be scared of him. He could basically do anything he wanted in this game and never get booked. I guess he does look like the type of guy who would respond to what he considers an unjustified yellow card for a machete amputation of an opposition player’s limb by murdering first the ref, and then tracking down all of his family and friends and doing the same to them. Surely it’s only a matter of time before he punches an official or perhaps his manager and then gets loaned to FC Tokyo, where he can follow the path of Kashima’s other recent troublemaker Leandro. Anyway, Kashima’s noble captain for some reason was rocking a shirt tucked-in, shorts rolled-up look which brought to mind nothing other than a full nappy. And judging from his grumpiness I think that nappy had been filled for quite a while, hadn’t been changed and the nappy rash was starting to kick in. I suppose that’s one way to explain the sulking. Anyway, what’s the point of even writing this, nobody likes him and everybody knows he’s a horrible dirty player. The real shame is that he’s actually quite good too. But as long as he’s sulking, I’m happy.
GK 27. TANNO Kenta
DF 13. YAMANE Miki
MF 6. JOAO SCHMIDT (Yellow card 26')
MF 31. YAMAMURA Kazuya (on for TACHIBANADA 90')
My Frontale Man Of The Match
IENAGA Akihiro - playing really well at the moment. Seems to be impossible to get the ball off him and I love his attitude and reaction when someone dares to try to do so. Kashima fans apparently believe that they will never beat us ever again if he is playing which sounds good to me. Great penalty too.