2018/4/25 Kashima Antlers 1-1 Vissel Kobe
Kashima Antlers 1-1 Vissel Kobe
Vissel Kobe came home with a point from Kashima Antlers but it so easily could have been three, especially considering the last few seconds of the match when the away team almost had the winning goal twice! As it is, one point was all that the travelling team had to show for their labours, on a superbly-made goal for Hirotaka Mita, all thanks to Lukas Podolski's wonderful chip into space behind the defence.
Vissel opened the scoring with a well-worked goal after Kazuma Watanabe broke down the right, exchanged passes with Hirotaka MIta and found space to set up Lukas Podolski for what everyone expected to be a bullet shot. As the German star lifted his foot back the defence braced for the explosion but Podolski deftly chipped the ball over the defence for Mita to run in and head the ball over the helpless 'keeper!
Antlers were back in the game through a stroke of bad luck for the Vissel defence when a low cross came in that Kim Seung-gyu got a hand to, but the ball ricocheted straight onto the head of Yuma Suzuki who managed to direct it into the net. With seconds to go Vissel had two close calls to take the match, the second, with literally the last touch of the game saw Wellington head inches wide when the three points looked there for the taking. A draw. It could have, should have been more!
Team - Kim, Nasu, JUng, H.Watanabe, Theerathon, Mita, Fujita, Yasui (Otsuki, 52), Podolski, Goke (Wellington, 61), K.Watanabe (Tanaka, 66)
34’ Hirotaka MITA