It’s always nice to keep a clean sheet, and this was only our second of the season out of nine games. On the other side of the coin, this is the first match this season where we have failed to score. I just hope that if there are any more scoreless games in store, that they stay away from the Big Arch, if you know what I mean. This makes it six games unbeaten, a record equalled only by the top two sides Urawa and Kashima, but it also makes it three draws in a row and thus three games without a win. Hopefully we can turn that around this weekend against Shimizu S-Pulse, who managed to hold the Urawa Reds to a draw at home on Wednesday. Elsewhere in J1, Frontale took out their frustration after being held by ten-man Sanfrecce last Sunday by thrashing Kyoto Sanga 4-1. So it goes.
Archive for April, 2009
Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/30
Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/27
So I did a little digging today on the referee for yesterday’s game. I found this story that explains how Yoshida Tomimitsu caused a FIFA World Cup Qualifier to be replayed in its entirety due to a grievous technical error: he canceled a penalty for a side rather than have it retaken after an attacker encroached. Needless to say, he’s not sporting a FIFA badge any more. This article describes how he has been suspended indefinitely from refereeing any FIFA or AFC matches.
Judge for yourselves whether there is contact here. The previous frames I have show the defender watching Mikić rather than the ball, and his intent to knock Mikić off his stride (i.e. Pushing / Charging an opponent) is obvious. Whether the contact is sufficient to award a penalty is in the eye of the beholder, but for me the ball is a couple of strides ahead of Mikić so I probably would have waved play-on. To give a yellow card for Simulation in this case though is ridiculous, and to give a second yellow after a very harsh booking for dissent a matter of minutes earlier borders on criminal. So, Yoshida Toshimitsu: can you honestly say that you believe that Mihael Mikić is a cheater, and that you could make that kind of decision from over twenty yards away? Because I don’t, sorry.
Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/26
An interesting game to say the least. A very competitive and open game that was very nearly spoiled by one of the most extraordinarily bad refereeing performances I’ve ever seen in the professional arena. Being a referee myself I am very sympathetic, but this guy was just bad. We lost Mikić to two yellow cards in the first half (the second for Simulation – there were even Frontale players telling the referee this was a ridiculous decision) but fought back from 0-1 down to score a point against an ACL side and should have gone on to win. And on the plus side, this is the fifth unbeaten game in a row, including a win and a draw against the top and second sides respectively.
0 – 1 34′ Vítor Júnior
Y. Takahagi 59′ 1 – 1
Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/20
Flickr set’s up here.
Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/19
Another well-won point away from home to one of the best teams in the J-League. The boys in violet fought back from 3-1 down with a reserve keeper after Sato went off injured. Promisingly, this result is Sanfrecce’s fourth unbeaten game on the run, and it looks good for the showdown with Frontale next weekend.
0 – 1 15′ H. Sato
Pedro Junior 22′ 1 – 1
Pedro Junior 30′ 2 – 1
Pedro Junior 43′ 3 – 1
3 – 2 55′ Y. Kashiwagi
3 – 3 73′ H. Oshima (OG)
Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/12
A tight first half gave way to a lesson in counterattacking football from Sanfrecce as the team built on the confidence gained from last week’s draw at Gamba Osaka. Report and photos to follow, once I have time to work through them. This was also the début for my new D300.
Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/07
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Posted by stefanole on 2009/04/05
This sounded like it was probably a hard-earned point away from home, but seeing Osaka win the softest of soft penalties according to this video, it looks like this game was Sanfrecce’s for the taking. Maybe a sign that the early season jitters have been laid to rest.
edit, 7 April: Seems that youtube pulled the video. J-League probably made a copyright infringement claim. I guess all I can do is laugh at the myopia of these sorts of people regarding the Internet and hope that they will one day remove their heads from their backsides and make these sorts of highlights freely available.