2018/4/11 Vissel Kobe 2-3 Urawa Reds
Vissel Kobe 2-3 Urawa Reds
Vissel Kobe went down to a narrow defeat to a resurgent Urawa Reds in this J1 home game, goals from Wellington and Daiju Sasaki not proving enough as they succumbed to an injury time goal from Mauricio to give the visitors all three points.
It was a quite changed Vissel team that started this one, with both Yuta Goke and Daiju Sasaki getting the starts alongside Lukas Podolski in offensive midfield and Wellington getting a rare start up front. Meanwhile, in defence, So Fujitani came back in, while another inexperienced face played at centre back, as Daiki Miya lined up alongside Hirofumi Watanabe.
Vissel went behind in the 24th minute after Kim Seung-gyu had made the initial save from a Yuki Muto shot, but the fortunate Reds forward saw the ball come straight back to him for a second bite at the cherry.
Wellington gained a well-deserved equaliser six minutes after the restart, heading home an inswinging Podolski corner, as he left the goalkeeper punching at air. Daiju Sasaki then put his team in the lead with some superb individual play, taking a pass while facing away from goal, turning his defender in one movement, advancing into the central area, cutting inside to take out another defender then threading the ball through three members of the opposition into the far corner, 2-1!
The away team gained equal footing when a deep corner was headed back across goal by former Vissel centre back Takuya Iwanami, with the ball somehow beating the 'keeper and a defender on the line and falling into the net at the far post. Mauricio then almost had another for Reds - again from a corner - with Kim making a fine one-handed save to deny the centre back. But yet another corner saw Mauricio score the winner with an almost identical header in added time. Valiant Vissel went down to defeat but with many good signs as the team builds as the season progresses.
Team - Kim, Fujitani, Jung, Miya, Hashimoto (Theerathon, 70), Fujita, Mihara, Goke (MIta, 69), Podolski, Sasaki (K.Watanabe, 80), Wellington
63’ Daiju SASAKI