2018/3/14 Sagan Tosu 0-2 Vissel Kobe [YBC Levain Cup]
Sagan Tosu 0-2 Vissel Kobe [YBC Levain Cup]
Vissel Kobe gained some small revenge for the lost J1 point on the opening day of the season by taking maximum points from a trip to Sagan Tosu in this Levain Cup match. A season-opener that should have been won was marred by a very early controversial penalty against the away team in a game that then should easily have swung Vissel's way. But that's football, and, tonight, a very changed starting XI took care of a strong home side to make it four points from two games in this competition.
Vissel went ahead as early as the 4th minute when Kazuma Watanabe opened the scoring, then kept the game ticking over before sealing the match with Shuhei Otsuki's goal right at the end of regular time. Watanabe's goal came from a long Kunie Kitamoto ball from the back that was headed on by Wellington for Kazuma to fight his way between defenders and lob the bouncing ball over the out-rushing 'keeper. A superb attacker's goal, showing strength and guile. Wellington himself came close to adding a second goal in the 1st half, getting on the end of a free kick at the far post, but his attempt went just wide and the score remained 1-0 to the visitors at the break.
As the second period progressed the away team had more half chances - Keijiro Ogawa's cross to Wellington was just behind the striker, and he fell as he tried to turn to get the angle, then Yuta Goke saw a shot saved from close range - before Otsuki scored the clincher. A rare Tosu attack was snuffed out on their left wing and a first time ball was hit in front of the striker inviting him to run on to it. He advanced to the corner of the area but two defenders came in to force him away from the shot but he turned his body and curled the ball around the helpless goalkeeper and in at the far post to seal the points. A superb goal and a well-deserved win for a rotated line-up. All good news!
Team - Maekawa, Fujitani, Nasu, Kitamoto, Hashimoto (Sasaki, 67), Fujita, Goke, Ogawa, K.Watanabe (Nakasaka, 82), Matsushita, Wellington (Otsuki, 67)
4’ Kazuma WATANABE
90’ Shuhei OTSUKI