2011-03-26 Charity Match: Gainare Tottori 2-4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (Updated 2011-03-27)
Posted by stefanole on 2011/03/26
Sanfrecce won a charity match against J2’s Gainare Tottori at Tottori Bird Stadium. TAKAHAGI Yojiro scored a pair for the purple archers, with SATO Hisato and newcomer MIZUMOTO Hiroki netting one each.
Third-choice keeper HARA Yutaro deputised between the sticks in place of NISHIKAWA Shusaku, who is away with the Japan national team ahead of next Wednesday’s charity match against the J League. Second-choice NAKABAYASHI Hirotsugu is confirmed as injured.
First-choice central defender (himself a converted midfielder) NAKAJIMA Koji was MIA, and was replaced by the versatile MORISAKI Kazuyuki. His equally versatile identical-twin brother MORISAKI Koji dropped back to defensive midfield. YOKOTAKE Tsubasa replaced MORIWAKI Ryota at right-back, who is also away with the national team. LEE “Chunson” Tadanari is also away, and was replaced by David MUJIRI.
This didn’t stop SATO Hisato from starting up front though, who has been selected for the J League team playing in the same charity match next Wednesday.
Ante TOMIC is apparently back to fitness, replacing Koji after 74 minutes. INAMI Sena’s development continues apace, as he replaced David MUJIRI in attacking midfield after 81 minutes. MARUTANI Takuya apparently inherited the captain’s armband after replacing AOYAMA Toshihiro on 74′ (club captain Hisato was withdrawn at the same time).
For Gainare, young Ivorian star Koné HAMED started up front in their 4-4-2 formation. Hamed has been ever-popular at Gainare since their time in the JFL, and it will be interesting to see if his exciting direct attacks will be effective in J2. Gainare’s goals were scored by others however, the first by defender OZAKI Eiichiro and the second by ex-Sanfrecce player UMEDA Naoya. Umeda is a Hiroshima Minami High School alum who transferred to Urawa Red Diamonds after two years at Sanfrecce (but was immediately loaned to Montedio Yamagata), spent three years at Shonan Bellmare, then moved to Gainare in 2009 while they were still battling for promotion out of the Japan Football League (J3).
The scoreline seems fairly close, but the scoring pattern is revealing: after scoring no goals in the first half, maybe out of respect to the occasion, Sanfrecce scored a quick-fire brace just after the start of the first half. Gainare got back into the match after nearly an hour, only for Sanfrecce to net an immediate double. It is hard to draw conclusions in a charity match, especially one I didn’t see myself, but I think we can be pretty clear that Sanfrecce dictated the pace and result of the match.
HT: Gainare Tottori 0-0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
FT: Gainare Tottori 2-4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
MIKIC (HATTORI 65′)
AOYAMA (MARUTANI 74′)
KOJI (TOMIC 74′)
YAMAGISHI (ISHIKAWA 74′)
MUJIRI (INAMI 81′)
HISATO (YAMAZAKI 74′)
Takahagi interview on NHK – he is from Iwaki-shi in Fukushima prefecture, which was hit hard by the tsunami