2018/5/16 Vissel Kobe 1-1 Sagan Tosu [YBC Levain Cup]

Vissel Kobe 1-1 Sagan Tosu [YBC Levain Cup]

Vissel Kobe 1-1 Sagan Tosu [YBC Levain Cup]

Playing a completely changed team, even going down to 3rd choice goalkeeper Kenshin Yoshimaru, and really doing what the Levain Cup encourages - playing the kids - Vissel Kobe emerged from this tie with a strong Sagan Tosu team with a 1-1 draw, advancing, of course, to the knockout stages, for a two-legged tie against Yokohama F.Marinos on June 2nd and 9th.

It was a quiet first half for both teams in general, with just the one chance for the home fans to get excited about, when a fine move gave space to Yuta Goke on the edge of the area, the youngster forcing a save from the 'keeper with a curling right foot shot. 0-0 half time.

Goke then saw a straight red card in the 62nd minute after Yuji Takahashi had climbed all over him and forced him down, but there was no excuse for the Vissel number 27 kicking out, right in front of the referee. Minutes after the home team went down to 10 men Sagan Tosu opened the scoring, with a left foot shot from Kazuki Anzai going in off the post.

Mike Havenaar came on as a 77th minute sub for Masatoshi Mihara as Vissel threw players forward and the 194 cm striker equalised in added time, chesting down a cross with three players around him and blasting the ball in on the bounce from close range to give 10-man Vissel a deserved draw.

Team - Yoshimaru, Fujitani, Kitamoto, Kobayashi, Mihara (Havenaar, 77), Matsushita, Yasui, Goke, Nakasaka (Hashimoto, 70), Sasaki, Ogawa (Masuyama, 63)

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