Football (Japan) Lost In Translation . . . Relaunched 2012!
Japan Football: Zaccheroni, Samurai Blue, and general J chatter
2018-05<<123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930>>2018-07 ←Navigate Entries with This Calendar
スポンサーサイト
上記の広告は1ヶ月以上更新のないブログに表示されています。
新しい記事を書く事で広告が消せます。
When the going gets tough... Round 6 (part 1)
Now that we are at Round Six after a tough week's schedule, with injuries and fatigue, points adding up, I was really excited to find out whether certain teams would get the superglue out and successfully hold things together. [japan football soccer league j-league]

I watched:
The first big matchup today was between Marinos 2 - 2 Gamba. Marinos's brutal schedule this past month-plus was evident in the first half. They had gone into the game ranked 3rd, and after all the blood and sweat they poured into the league so far it would have been a shame to give it away to Gamba too easily. But Gamba showed up better physically and mentally prepared for the game. The first half was a story of Marinos losing the ball in all the wrong places and of Gamba darting around with every intention of getting the first goal. And Gamba did indeed get the advantageous first goal -- a corner from the right had the ball bouncing around from defender Matsuda to Gamba's Sidiclei, and finally finding the head of Noritada Saneyoshi. Marinos could not assert themselves in midfield, as Gamba kept the pressure on, and Marinos coach Okada eventually sent a message out to the pitch that defenders should make more attempts with long balls. I guess it was an effort to skip the effort-consuming midfield area and simply aim for a one-chance deal....which they got in the 44th minute when a cross from Ohashi fell into the hands of Gamba goalie Hino who couldn't hold onto it above his head. The ball spilled down to about shoulder level, where a waiting Ahn did a groin-splitting high kick with his back to the goal to push the ball in with the outside of his foot. Hino looked mighty upset with himself. It was a great boost and great timing for Marinos, and they came back in the second half looking rather more energized. They held the ball better, and things started to balance out between the two teams.


In fact, Marinos went into the second half controlling possession but it was Gamba who got their second goal first: with a backwards heel-deflection from Futagawa (I think), some quick footwork and a difficult angled shot from Araujo. With the lead at 73 mins I was wondering how Gamba coach Nishino would act next; instead of putting experienced DF Miyamoto in to clinch the win, he subbed in 21 year old DF Ryota Aoki for FW Fernandinho who was having a rather frustrating day (his one "goal" was nullified due to off-sides, and he missed several other key chances). What exactly Nishino was hoping for is a little unclear to me, since I don't have much background on Gamba's lesser-known members, but it did not seem to help. Gamba gave up the win in the last five minutes of the game when Gamba tried for the off-sides and did not get it, allowing Marinos DF Naoki Matsuda (pic below) a shot which ricocheted off the goalie and into the path of subbed-in Oshima for a header goal. I did not get a good angle, and can't quite say if it was a definite off-sides, but either way it wasn't called and Marinos got their equalizer.

From the reaction of Marinos coach Okada at the end of the game, it seems that he was satisfied with the result. Two "lucky" situations for Marinos versus some "unlucky" ones for Gamba may be the impression left on those viewing this game, but I have to admit I liked the don't-give-up attitude from Marinos (especially DF "libero" Matsuda who likes to get revved up on the attack in these desperate situations). For Gamba, who have been playing well but unable to keep their lead, this must is a very disappointing result...again. Marinos showed their team depth by using starting-member-quality substitute players and having a mature stubbornness that took advantage of the few chances they had despite their overall lack of energy or beauty for that matter. The fact is that Gamba doesn't have the depth in players like Marinos does, so keeping experienced players like Miyamoto off the pitch is difficult to comprehend (he's the captain of the national team, for heaven's sake...). I think Sidiclei is find, solid, a-okay; but he tends to unravel in the final moments (remember the game vs. Antlers). Having another leader in there like Miyamoto would do the team some good, particularly when controlling the back line, which is a Miyamoto fetish. Marinos were able to juggle well todays and patchworked a safe tie switching in players like FW Oshima (who had been getting a string of good results while his competition were injured), and MF playmaker Oku. [photo from so-net.ne.jp/f-marinos]

I took a quick look at the following games:
Jubilo 1 - 0 Albirex: From what I've seen of Jubilo in the past few weeks, I don't really get a clear impression or image of the team. They have lots of well-known players, so it's easy to identify everyone and know their strengths and weaknesses, but as a group they lack identity. Today's win though must be a welcome relief for the team. Albirex's Anderson Lima was as usual very powerful on the pitch; his free kicks were a particularly big threat to Jubilo GK Kawaguchi who was able to fend things off nicely today despite some hairy moments. There was a beautiful arched shot from Albi's Shingo Suzuki at the beginning of the game but it hit the top bar. Jubilo's 20 yr old FW Cullen was up front again today with Maeda, but it was MF Naruoka who got the winning goal (his first of the season) -- a cross from Ohta on the right to Naruoka who had run up near the left post.

Reds 2 - 0 FCTokyo: I only caught parts of the game, but the result was pretty much what I had feared would happen. Unfortunately for Tokyo, this was the game that Emerson decided to finally get a goal. Tokyo had to use two back-back-up members in their defense line and midfield, and Ishikawa was still unable to find a goal. Reds looked more comfortable and confident, despite using a 4-4-2 system. This was a understandable but still disappointing loss for Tokyo who had been doing well until this Wednesday when they lost to Grampus. Tokyo are now in third place (with two more J1 games remaining tomorrow).

Games that I haven't been able to watch yet but had notable results:
Antlers 4 - 2 Jef Chiba: From what I read, it seems like this game was quite an exciting one to watch. Chiba played in their lovely active running/pressuring style, and Antlers kept structure with elegant quality passing. The red card to Chiba defender Stoyanov in the beginning of the second half did screw things up for his team, and Antlers were able to capitalize with simple and targeted build-up, particularly aiming at the space created behind the Chiba sidehalfs. The two goals from Ogasawara was a surprise, and the goal from Alex Mineiro reassuring since he had been goalless for a few games now. Chiba's FW Haas continues to show what he can do up front, and I think that this team will be a big threat to the top of the rankings as the team continues to solidify -- Chiba is often "forgotten" by the media, but just looking at their performance last stage (2nd place behind Reds) and combine it with the mad genius mind of coach Osim, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this team at its peak.

Sanfrecce 2 - 0 Vissel: Have not seen anything from this game, but I can imagine the fast quality crosses from Sanfrecce's players must have done the trick. I feel a bit sad for Vissel, rumors are that coach Matusnaga's job may be in danger...

For tomorrow:
Omiya / Verdy: Absolutely cannot predict this game. Both teams are coming in with consecutive losses behind them, but it may be Omiya that may be able to recover better -- they have a very solid groundwork already in place from the start of the season, and are probably in less of a panic than Verdy who are probably still in shock at their most recent loss.
Grampus / Frontale: Both teams will be wanting the win in this matchup. A win for Frontale will put them in, omg, 2nd place overall. A win for Grampus will have them tied for 2nd place overall. It may turn out that both teams will be more afraid of the loss, and the game may end up tied....as I said, I'm a horrible guesser.
Comment
Comment On This Entry
Post Your Comment
Only Show This Comment to Depflight
Trackback
The Trackback URL for This Entry
Trackback To This Entry
copyright © 2004-2005 Powered By FC2ブログ allrights reserved
copyright 2005 - football (japan) lost in translation
上記広告は1ヶ月以上更新のないブログに表示されています。新しい記事を書くことで広告を消せます。