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Suzuki Scores Two
Radnicki Nis 0-5 Red Star

Takayuki Suzuki started for the first time at his new Serbia & Montenegro club Red Star Belgrade in yesterday's domestic Cup semi-final against Radnicki Nis (2nd division team where Red Star Prez Stojković got his career start as a pro footballer). Suzuki played the entire 90 mins, position as a right midfielder.

Takayuki SuzukiTakayuki got his first start mostly because the club was resting some of their regular players. Though the opportunity may have come partly from circumstance, he pulled off a solid performance, scoring two goals and creating a number of other good scoring opportunities.

The game started off with an enthusiastic attack from the opponents, but Red Star were superior, and after the ten minute mark were dominating the game. At 13 minutes, a free kick to a Žigić header gave Belgrade their first goal of the day and from then on it was Red Star's game. 21 minutes, Suzuki was on the left with the ball and sent in a left footed cross to center where Purović was waiting but his shot lacked speed and drizzled outside the post right.

In the 26th minute, a Mudrinić long feed from the center circle landed just under Suzuki's feet as he ran into the box. Suzuki took the shot quickly with his right for goal number two. Suzuki was involved in a couple more good plays, one of which saw him faking out the defense on the right side to send in a cross that was shot off by Žigić, but the ball was deflected by a defender.

Red Star continued to assert their dominace, getting two more goals within the first half. In the second half, their focus was intact, and after Purović scored for the fourth goal, it was Suzuki for the fifth. It was 80 minutes, as Perović kept the ball on the left, Suzuki slipped through the defense and indicated to his teammate where he wanted the ball. The goalie came out in response to the low early cross from Perović, but Suzuki got to the ball just before the goalie, trapped quickly with his right to sget past the goalie. He took the shot with his left as two defenders tried to squeeze him off the ball. 5-0.
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