2018/5/6 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-0 Vissel Kobe
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-0 Vissel Kobe
Despite being against the runaway leaders of J1, away from home, this was a game that Vissel Kobe really could have won with a little luck, and a little less gung-ho refereeing, perhaps! The breakthrough for the home team came just before half time when Daiju Sasaki was adjudged to have brought down his namesake - Sho Sasaki - for a PK, although replays cl;early showed that the tackle was outside the area! Toshihiro Aoyama converted the bogus penalty kick for his first goal of the season and gave his team a lead that they did not deserve.
Wellington came on for Sasaki in the 54th minute and with his first c¥tocuh had the goalkeeper scrambling to tip a superb header over the bar as Vissel looked for the equaliser. It was Wellington again in the 72nd minute who flicked a header at goal that saw Takuto Hayashi watching helplessly as it flew inches past his post. Kazuma Watanabe then shot into the side-netting as Vissel went all out for the goal that would bring them a deserved point.
Next up to be foiled by the 'keeper was Leandro who latched onto a breaking ball in the middle of the area and luckily for Hayashi hit a shot straight at the 'keeper from close range. Leandro then seemed to be fouled as Vissel attacked in waves yet again and the ball was sent up the wing to Teerasil in space, with just a siongle Vissel defender in his own half and the Thai international drew Hirofumi Watanabe towards him before centering for the wide open Patric, who just managed to steer the ball inside the post to see his team go from almost 1-1 to winning 2-0. The sign of a champion?
Team - Kim, Takahashi, Jung, H.Watanabe, Hashimoto, Fujita, Mita, Goke (Leandro, 79), Sasaki (Wellington, 54), Otsuki (Tanaka, 69), K.Watanabe