2018/4/21 Vissel Kobe 3-0 Nagoya Grampus
Vissel Kobe 3-0 Nagoya Grampus
VIssel Kobe destroyed the hapless J1 bottom team Nagoya Grampus on two goals from Lukas Podolski after a 12th minute opener from Jung Woo-young.
Nagoya never looked like scoring, while the home team could have doubled this score with a little luck and better finishing. It was a very adventurous 4-2-1-3 formation that took the field for the home team, with Daiju Sasaki, Shuhei Otsuki and Kazuma Watanabe in front of Lukas Podolski, but it was centre back Jung who opened the scoring, swiveling on the edge of the area to plant a left foot shot in low at the far post in the 12th minute, going through the legs of Washington, who deserved the karma after having fouled everything that moved until then (and after - he eventually got replaced at half time, as a red card was very close! And would have been well-deserved).
Sasaki then got on the end of a Podolski chip in the 16th minute and seemed to be fouled but no whistle. Otsuki followed up and saw his shot somehow turned around the post as Vissel pushed for more goals. Hirotaka Mita was then denied by Mitch Langerak in the Grampus goal just before the break and it went in 1-0 at half time.
Podolski eventually got the goal that had been coming a for a while, with his right foot, no less! After an excellent advantage from the referee, Vissel moved the ball forward and Otsuki's fine tap into the path of the German World Cup winner was perfect, allowing a curling finish. 2-0, cruising! It was Podolski again, making it 3-0 in the 81st minute, sliding the ball in across the 'keeper and in at the far post, after Wellington has stripped possession and advanced across the half way line looking for action. His pass into the path of Podolski was sublime and the German did the rest!
Team - Kim, Takahashi, Jung, H.Watanabe, Theerathon, Mita, Fujita (Mihara, 85), Sasaki (Goke, 75), Podolski, K.Watanabe (Wellington, 79), Otsuki
JUNG Woo Young 12'
LUKAS PODOLSKI 51', 81’