2009-11-28 Jubilo Iwata 0-1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Posted by stefanole on 2009/12/07
Sanfrecce climbed to fourth place after winning at the Yamaha stadium. If they can hang on, and if results in the Emperor’s Cup go their way, Sanfrecce could be in line to inherit the fourth Asian Champions League berth after the semi-finals have been played on 29th December.
This game marked the first start for MORISAKI Koji, since the win against Roasso Kumamoto almost exactly a year ago. Unfortunately, Sanfrecce will have to end the season without defender MORIWAKI Ryota, who will be out for two months after sustaining a knee injury in this match.
I was apprehensive about this game, as Jubilo have been Sanfrecce’s bogey team this year. In two meetings in the Nabisco Cup and the League, Sanfrecce have lost 1-2 and 0-1 respectively. It comes as no surprise then that Jubulo gave us a tough game, as the highlights attest.
Ex-Sanfrecce defender KOMANO Yuichi was again present for Iwata, but the team decided not to make him the captain today. Komano jumped ship for Jubilo after Sanfrecce were relegated to J2 in 2007, but Jubilo’s poor performances this season led some to speculate that he may make another switch, possibly even back to Hiroshima. These rumours were scuppered a few days after this match though, as Komano confirmed he will stay with Iwata.
Jubilo almost took the lead early on, after the ball ricocheted off MAEDA’s knee and just wide. Japan international Maeda was later to win the J. League’s golden boot award, despite failing to score in Jubilo’s final two matches.
Fellow Japan international SATO Hisato scored the only goal after a classic Sanfrecce movement. Nakajima passed to Kashiwagi, who showed good awareness to turn on the ball and immediately play Hisato through to chip the ball over the goalkeeper.
It seemed as though Sanfrecce were trying their hardest to give the game away though, as the defenders lost the ball on the edge of the area under pressure. NISHI Naohiro’s powerful shot was too close to Nakabayashi, and he was able to save. Another Nishi strike in the second half went just over, after he managed to escape the attentions of Hattori, and a third effort was saved point-blank by Nakabayashi.
It got worse for Jubilo, as Korean international striker LEE Keun-ho shot wide when faced with an open goal. Lee had managed to get in behind Makino before rounding Nakabayashi, but he could only find the side netting.
Jubilo appeared more and more desperate as the match went on, when calls for a handball and penalty were rejected by the referee. The ball appeared to strike Makino’s arm, but this was after the ball had been headed at him from a foot away, while his head was turned. Hardly grounds for suspicion of deliberate handball, and on this occasion referee IIDA Junpei agreed.
It was not all one-way traffic though, and late on Kashiwagi broke forward to shoot at goal. The goalkeeper fumbled the ball, but gathered it just in time to prevent Hisato from scoring another. Hisato narrowly missed another, after a defender just got a toe on a Takahagi knock-down in front of goal.
While Iida did not give the penalty, it is unfortunate that he has not mellowed after his decision to book Takahagi last week, ostensibly for being fouled. His attitude towards Takahagi evidently remains unchanged, as reflected by the fact that he booked him again. Perhaps Iida is upset at not having received a Christmas card from Yojiro this year.
The result means that Sanfrecce go into the final game of the season as the favourites for fourth place, and a possible ACL berth for the 2010 season.
14,486 (J-League average 19,278**)
LEE (KOJI 45′)
RI (MORIWAKI 45′)
YOKOTAKE (HISATO 90′)
TAKAHAGI (YC, 80′)
KOJI makes first start for nearly a year.
MORIWAKI out for two months (left knee).
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*Average home attendance for Sanfrecce for total of preceding games in J1 in 2009.
**Average attendance for J1 in the 2008 season.