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2013-02-23 Fuji Xerox Super Cup: Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-0 Kashiwa Reysol

Posted by stefanole on 2013/02/24

Captain SATO Hisato celebrates scoring the winning goal for Sanfrecce. Image from http://blog.livedoor.jp/domesoccer/archives/52019833.html

2012 J League Champions Sanfrecce maintained their 100% Super Cup record with a 1-0 victory over Emperor’s Cup winners Kashiwa Reysol. (Sanfrecce also won the 2008 edition of the Super Cup in controversial fashion. Commentators believe that Sanfrecce got the better of some iffy refereeing decisions to finish regular time with the score at 2-2, and they went on to win on penalties. Sanfrecce qualified that year as the loser in the Emperor’s Cup, as Kashima Antlers had won both the Cup and the League.)

Star striker and 2012 J League MVP SATO Hisato scored the winning goal for Sanfrecce in typically balletic fashion, volleying a Mizumoto header in off the post. Sato is currently 6th in the J League’s (J1) all-time scoring chart, with 117 goals. (#1 is NAKAYAMA Gon with 157, #2 “King Kazu” MIURA 139, #3 MAEDA Ryoichi 128, #4 Ueslei 124, #5 Marquinos 119.)

I am a little embarrassed to admit that I forgot to set a reminder to wake up to watch this match, so I slept through it. This is definitely one of the dangers of now living many timezones outside of Japan. The consensus though is that Sanfrecce were good value for the win, and it is unsurprising that Reysol resorted to physical tactics once they went a goal down.

Sanfrecce’s lineup remained largely unchanged from their 2012 season, with the obvious omission of MORIWAKI Ryota, as he opted to join the Sanfrecce Hiroshima B team. Moriwaki has been replaced by #33 SHIOTANI Tsukasa, the 24-year-old Tokushima-ken native who moved to Sanfrecce midway through the 2012 season and was eased into the side with three appearances in the J League, and one in the Emperor’s Cup. Shiotani was also courted by Shimizu S-Pulse and Omiya Ardija, but like CHIBA Kazuhiko before him, Shiotani preferred Hiroshima. Shiotani is credited in the Chugoku Shimbun with good physical ability, leadership, and one-on-one tackling, as well as (of course) superior passing ability. I have never been the biggest fan of Moriwaki, though he has improved markedly in the past few seasons. Let’s hope that Poichi has picked a winner to replace him.

Incidentally, Moriwaki’s departure completes the trio of Sanfrecce players who donned and helped sell custom “WE ❤ 広島” t-shirts in 2009 before ALL transferring to Urawa. What the hell, boys?

Kashiwagi, Osaki (who scored his first professional goal for Sanfrecce in this match), and Moriwaki. Makino, not pictured here, is the third player of the trio now at Urawa. Photo taken by me 2009-06-07.

I also note that TAKAHAGI Yojiro has signalled his desire to further improve his game by taking the #10 shirt that was vacated by KASHIWAGI Yosuke (and subsequently taken and relinquished by the short-lived signing David MUJIRI).

Sanfrecce’s formation (GK at the bottom, as I prefer to see formations this way):


Japanese highlight video:

Summary video in English from 90 Minutes Japan:





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