April 30th: Another game with my favorite and local soccer/football team/club, Shimizu S-Pulse with a home game for the J1 League home game against Sendai Vegalta!
Once again took the special limousine bus sponsored by Shizutetsu Company (600 yen single way) across from Shizuoka Railway Station north exit!
Long queues as usual! Nothing extraordinary as 14,000 fans were expected on that day!
Plenty of food and drinks on arrival, but that is for a separate article!
I arrived early to have a good look again at familiar sights: Shimizu S-Pulse supporters stand!
The opposite main stand!
The away team stand!
Leisurely look at the players’ practice and warming up!
In Japan they have only one game on the card. Pity as it would be nice to watch the youth team for example!
Last watering of the artificial turf!
Teams entering the ground!
Kick-off: 13:03. Sendai kicking off and S-Pulse starting on own half.
2′: free kick for S-Pulse. 25 m, right of the box. Inconclusive, poor shot wide.
3′: Centering wide off the mark by Sendai.
5′: Throw in towards S-Pulse goal. Cleared.
6′: Complete miss kicked volley by S-Pulse in front of almost empty goal!
8′: two consecutive shots at goal by s-Pulse failing in last execution.
Early domination by S-Pulse thwarted by poor shooting.
12′: S-Pulse falling back into their bad habits, especially plying within a handkerchief.
13′: Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poor shot wide right of goal.
14′: Free kick outside S-Pulse box. Heading wide.
17′ Good play by S-Pulse ended by poor shooting.
19′: Sendai domination. S-Pulse running out of ideas.
23′: Sendai Goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt fouls Kaneko outside his box. Lucky to escape with only a yellow card as nobody was between keeper and goal! Lenient umpiring… Fee kick just outside left of box. just wide1
28′: Corner for Sendai. Inconclusive.
31′: very dangerous center by S-Pulse!
32′: Terrible shot from just outside box by S-Pulse.
33′: Sendai shot easily parried.
36′: Sendai pressure. Inconclusive. Too simple an approach.
41′: very poor center by S-Pulse. Building up too slow.
43′: Two successive close-range shots saved by Sendai.
44′: Late pressure from S-Pulse.
45′: S-Pulse attempt barely saved1
half time: Shimizu S-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 0
More domination by S-Pulse who wasted too many many chances because of a too narrow pass play and generally poor finishing.
Should have led by at least one goal with better skill and strategy.
45′: S-Pulse still playing on a handkerchief.
Dangerous S-Pulse center kick. Nobody manages a clean shot.
46′: S-Pulse pressure. Poor finishing.
55′: Penalty kick! Chrislan who had been earlier lucky to escape from a yellow card for dissent manages somehow to convince the referee with a crafty dive! Decision doubtful at best…
GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 1 (against the run of play, but this is soccer!)
54′: Yellow card (Yasuhiro Hiraoka, Sendai) for Cynicla foul preventing clear run at goal.
56′: Good center kick by S-Pulse but once again poor finishing with head wide off ,ark.
57′: Kaneko substituted by Tiago Alves for S-Pulse.
63′: Dangerous kick at goal by S-Pulse well parried by Sendai keeper.
65′: Very dangerous attack by S-Pulse. Corner kick. Easily caught by Sendai keeper.
66′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 2
Wide gap on S-Pulse left side exploited, center kick, terrible defense, easy goal by Crislan again!
69′: Dangerous center kick by S-Pulse. Terrible finishing again!
70′: S-Pulse Takamura Edamura alone in front of goal shoots above bar1
Sendai’s Crislan carried out. Replaced by Hitrokai Okuno.
S-Pulse’s Gakuto Notsuda substituted by Mitchell Duke.
74′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 3
Terrible defense by two S-Pulse backs exploited by Naoki Sugai with a simple tap-in!
75′: Dangerous center kick by Mitchell Duke.
79′: Sendai’s Takuma Edamura substituted by kazuya Murata.
80′: Close heading by Tiago Alves easily caught by opposite keeper.
84′: Free kick shot wide by S-Pulse. Desperation!
85′: Good shot at angle from narrow angle by Tiago Alves well-parried by Sendai keeper.
87′: Corner kick by Mitchell Duke. Easily kicked away by Sendai defense.
88′: Corner kick for SPulse. Poor execution again.
Full time: Shizmizu s-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 3
Horrendous finishing by S-Pulse forwards.
Insipid strategy (playing on a handkerchief, back passes by strikers,…).
Dubious and lenient to a fault umpiring.
The wost recipe!
I thought I had been sorely disappointed by the game against Kashima Antlers but this borders on helpless frustration!
Congratulations on a limited Sendai Vegalata team which made most of their very few chances through craftiness and sheer luck!
Lost no less than 11 points in four home games!
C’mon, boys (and coaches!)!
I’m turning into a true S-Pulse fan!
GK 13 Seiji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoa KAMATA
DF 3 Tomoya INUKAI
DF 45 Makoto KAKUTA
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunarai MUSAKA
MF 14 Gakuto NOTSUDA
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 9 CHONG TOSE
GK 43 Yuki UEKUSA
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 27 Takahiro IIDA
MF 20 Ryo Takeuchi
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 8 Tiago Alves
FW 19 Mitchell DUKE
Head Coach Shinji KOBAYASHI
GK 1 Daniel Schmidt
DF 25 naoki Sugai
DF 27 Kazuki Oiwa
DF 13 Yasuhiro Hiraoka
DF 50 Tatsuya Matsushima
MF 17 Shingo Tomita
MF 18 Hirotaka Mita
MF 10 Yong Gi Ryang
MF 2 Katsuya Nagato
FW 20 Crislan
FW 11 Naoki Ishibara
GK 21 Kentaro Seki
DF 4 Koji Hachisuka
DF 5 Naoki Ishikawa
MF 7 Hiroaki Okuno
MF 28 Takumi sasaki
MF 34 Keiya Shiihashi
FW 30 Takuma Nishimura
Head Coach: Susumu watanabe
Referee: Yuho Yamamoto
Assistant Referee: Jun Mihara
Assistant Referee:Yosuke Takabe
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