2018/8/22 Tosu 3-0 Vissel Kobe [Emperor's Cup]
Tosu 3-0 Vissel Kobe [Emperor's Cup]
Vissel Kobe went down 3-0 to Sagan Tosu in the Last 16 of the Emperor's Cup. In the proverbial nutshell we saw Vissel knocked out of this tournament by an own goal, a long ball poked past the 'keeper, and Fernando Torres poking home his first goal in Japan. The simple fact is that Sagan Tosu took their chances and rode their luck while Vissel just did not seem to have that final touch or killer instinct to take them through to the next round of a tournament that could have been offering them an Asian Champions League place next season.
Vissel manager Takayuki Yoshida chose to start without Andres Iniesta in this game and the game was looking evenly poised when Hirofumi Watanabe put through his own goal in the 37th minute. 1-0 at half time seemed to be no problem and Vissel had every chance of pulling the game back in the 2nd half but a long, hopeful ball was punted forward and a tenacious Kazuki Anzai followed it all the way and managed to surprise the defence with a lunge at the bouncing ball just as the 'keeper looked to gather it, 2-0!
With nothing to lose, Vissel went all out in attack but were thwarted by a packed defence that rarely moved away from the last third of the field - fair enough when 2-0- up in a cup tie! Pouring players forward, though, Vissel were caught on a break going for goals and allowed Fernando Torres to get on the end of a right wing cross to grab his first goal in Japan. Game over! Disappointment for the traveling Vissel fans and one chance of Asian Champions league 2019 entry gone.
Team - Kim, Takahashi, Watanabe, Osaki, Theerathon, Mita, Fujita (Yasser, 81), Goke, Podolski (Tanaka, 73), Otsuki, Wellington (Iniesta, 56)