2013-03-17 [J1] Sanfrecce Hiroshima 0-0 Kashima Antlers
Posted by stefanole on 2013/03/18
Sanfrecce were very unlucky not to win all three points as they dominated 2007-2009 champions Kashima Antlers at the Big Arch. The home side outshot the visitors by 14 to 8, but the match was marked by two offside decisions, only one of which was correct.
Moriyasu reverted back to the strongest lineup Hiroshima had available for this match, as opposed to the ACL match against Beijing where he rested the Morisaki twins and YAMAGISHI Satoru. Captain SATO Hisato and winger Mihael MIKIC were also unavailable for that game, but in this match they started and appeared from the bench respectively. (Bonus: the Sanfrecce Ultras had prepared a new chant for Mikic, but were unable to unveil it until this match due to Mikic’s shoulder injury. The video is included at the end of this post. Sample lyrics: “Mika, Mika are Mika, Mika are Mika …”) Korean rookie PARK Hyung-Jin also made his second pro appearance for Sanfrecce and his first in the J League, demonstrating versatility by replacing Yamagishi on the wing.
The first offside decision correctly ruled out came in the first half. Kashima’s OSAKO Yuyo crossed for Brazilian striker Davi to score from close range, but Davi was ahead of both the ball and the second-to-last defender when the ball was kicked. (Davi’s theatrics as he presumably tries to explain the offside law to the assistant are something to behold.)
Nikkan Sports counted this disallowed goal among Kashima’s best chances of the game. They also credit Antlers’ other Brazilian, Juninho, with a header on 41′ that went over the bar from a free kick. The highlights also show Sanfrecce had at least one good chance, with Ishihara passing to what looks like Yamagishi to blast at the goalkeeper from 15 yards out.
The second half was almost all Sanfrecce, as Antlers added only a handful more shots on goal while Hiroshima kept Kashima keeper Sogohata busy (though stay tuned for more theater from Davi in the highlights as he misses a chance for Antlers).
What should have been the winning goal came from a Sanfrecce corner on 70′, as the loose ball popped out to Shiotani, who was waiting on the edge of the box. Displaying good technique to swivel and shoot, making sure to keep the ball low, Shiotani hit the ball first-time and it squirted through a melee of players and into the corner of the net. The assistant did not flag for offside, but the refereeing team seemed concerned as the ball had traveled underneath Chiba’s boot on the way into the goal. Chiba was in an offside position at the time, but he was not interfering with play as he did not touch the ball and he was not interfering with either the defenders or the goalkeeper. Really, this kind of situation is a classic example that is taught in the classroom when referees are studying to take the exam, and in this case the referee and his assistants flunked the test. (Maybe they thought there was a provision where the attacker becomes offside if the defending goalkeeper complains enough?)
Sanfrecce would have climbed to fifth if this goal were correctly awarded, but as it is they lie in ninth with three games played. Their next game is Saturday March 30, away at winless Shimizu S-Pulse.
In miscelleneous news: Sanfrecce goalkeeper NISHIKAWA Shusaku has been called up to the Japan national team for two games, March 22 against Canada and March 26 against Jordan.
Orders are also being accepted for a Kazu 300 commemorative photo frame. Hiroshima native and Sanfrecce volante MORISAKI Kazuyuki made his 300th appearance in J1 for Hiroshima in the win against Albirex Niigata.
Sanfrecce beat FC Imabari 2-1 in a training match at Yoshida soccer park, Hiroshima’s training center in the north of the prefecture. FC Imabari play in the Shikoku League (the equivalent of J4, though at this level there are nine regional leagues), and won that league in 2012. The scorers for Sanfrecce were NOTSUDA Gakuto and LEE Dae-Heon.
Mikic chant (“アレミーカ ミカアレミーカ ミカアレミーカ ミカアレミーカ アレミーカ
ミカアレミーカ ミカアレミーカ ミカアレミーカ アレミーカ”):