2017/4/16 Vissel Kobe 1-2 Kashiwa Reysol

Vissel Kobe 1-2 Kashiwa Reysol

Vissel Kobe 1-2 Kashiwa Reysol

Kashiwa Reysol somehow managed to go home with all three points, and knock Vissel Kobe off the top spot of J1, in this 6th round of the campaign.

Hidekazu Otani opened the scoring for Reysol in the 28th minute, totally miskicking a cross to fool Kim Seung-gyu in the Vissel goal. This was moments after Hirofumi Watanabe had been dispossessed to give Reysol their first decent chance, but Cristiano shot way over with the goal gaping at his mercy!

Seigo Kobayashi soon had the hosts level, blasting home a cross from Shunki Takahashi that deflected off a defender on the way in. 1-1 at the break.

Vissel came out from the break firing on all cylinders. Shuhei Otsuki replaced Yuya Nakasaka for the second period and was almost on the scoresheet within minutes, only a fine save from the 'keeper denying the substitute a goal in the 48th minute. Otsuki found space to head just over the bar in the 74th minute, too, as he added some bite to the Vissel forward line, the forward seeing another header - from a Kotaro Omori cross - desperately cleared by a defender with 12 minutes to go.

Otsuki seemed to be a one man thorn in the side of the Reysol defence as he forced another save out of Kosuke Nakamura with a blistering left foot shot.

As the clock ticked down and Vissel fans were wondering how much longer the away defence could hold out, Takuya Iwanami picked up his second yellow card of the day and reduced his team to ten men. The Vissel defender managed to get the ball with his first touch, but it seemed that the referee was not happy with the trailing leg and adjudged that Iwanami brought down his man!

As the match headed into additional time, it was Otsuka again who was denied by smart goalkeeping and the match seemed to be destined for a draw when an aimless cross from Cristiano seemed to be drifting out of play. The ball came back off the woodwork and Yuki Otsu - seemingly after controlling the ball with his upper right arm - blasted home from close range. Disappointment, and nothing from a match the home team really should have won!

Team - Kim, S.Takahashi, Iwanami, H.Watanabe, Matsushita, Fujita, Nilton, Omori, Nakasaka (Otsuki, 46), Kobayashi (Mihara, 72), K.Watanabe (J.Tanaka, 65)


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