As I am preparing for my trip to Japan there was no time to do the match review yet. I cannot promise my trip to Japan until the end of may will cost a regulare update of my J3 blogging but I surely will give you some input from those matches I attend. Back to J3: Since all highlight videos were released in the meantime, let’s see what has happened.
First of all, matchday 5 is not over yet. For reasons I could not unveil until now the match between FC Ryukyu and Zweigen Kanazawa will be held on 16th April in Okinawa. So I will add the report from this match with Matchday 6 review, I hope.
- Grulla Morioka 1-4 FC Machida Zelvia
Surprisingly tabletopping Grulla welcomed one of the designated for promotion team from Machida – at that moment second placed. A real top match we expected, a demonstration of power we got. Grulla wanted to be prepared for Machida’s supremacy and played with a defense line of 5 with Morita, Tanaka, Okada, Kobayashi and Saito. In front of them 4 midfield players wanted both, to defend and build up attacks with 1,90m giant Ryota Doi in front. Machida on the other hand played 4-4-2 with Kijima and Suzuki as a double forward.
The game started well for the home team as Zelvia’s Taira brought down Ryota Doi near the corner flag. A well kicked free kick above all defense players by Hayashi opened up the match. Yusei Okada, left alone on the far post, only needed to strike. The early goal in 3′ minute didn’t worry the Machida kickers. A long pass from Keisuke Harada found its way to Takafumi Suzuki. With a splendidly ball handling Suzuki kicked the ball above him and Morioka defender Kobayashi to strike with a long distance shot straight under the cross bar.. In 64′ minute raised trouble in Machida’s box as Kobayashi’s shot hit Hoshin’s upper arm. Morioka begged for a penalty but was disappointed by referee Ryosuke Yamaoka. Machida head coach Naoki Soma substituted Shota Saito in 74′. Good decision as he was the one hitting the net in 77′ after Takafumi Suzuki’s great assist. It was the time when Grulla Morioka collapsed. A Hoshine cross resulted in an own goal by Morioka’s Tanaka. The game found its end result when Takafumi Suzuki passed a ball to Koji Suzuki who only needed to hold his foot in, leaping the ball around Kohei Doi.
Man of the match: I would say midfielder Takafumi Suzuki who not only assisted twice but stroke himself with a really adorable long distance shot driving right below the bar, leaving no chance for Kohei Doi.
- Yokohama Sports & Culture Club 0-2 J. League U-22 Selection
J3 League until now does not seem to be well-prepared when it comes to dirty weather. When Fukushima United hosted Gainare Tottori on matchday 4 the pitch was in no condition at all. The ground was so deep the ball did not bounce but layed down instantly. Gainare won with a penalty kick hit in the additional time. The match in Yokohama suffered from changing weather ending in two suspensions as hail made it impossible to go on.
Yokohama, ending the matchday on rock bottom, failed to hit the goal in 27′ minute when Yamada warded off the ball but Yokohama’s no. 18, Mita, was not able to overcome the ground-laying keeper. Ten minutes later Kagami on the other side of the pitch starting the game. Ishida’s shot attempt was parried by YSCC keeper Takahashi but Kagami reached the bouncing ball first. In 58′ minute it was Mita again who was not leap the ball over the substituted keeper Koizumi who lay on the ground like Yamada in first half. The devastating 0-2 began on the back left-hand side with a long ball on Kagami. Kagami shoved the ball right in Takahashi’s hand who was not able to keep it. The dropped ball was stolen by still attacking Kagami who passed to moved up Kaneko who only had to strike.
- SC Sagamihara 3-0 Blaublitz Akita
Northern Honshu side Akita is still failing to focus. Sagamihara on the other hand welcomed Naohiro Tanaka for the first time. He looks older as I remembered him when he played in Frankfurt. But time goes on and yet he is able to bring his performance.
The game started well for Sagamihara. A corner kick was headed by Takahara to Leonardo who only could head the ball away from the goal. Miyuki was there and brutally shot the ball slightly above the cross bar. An incomplete pass fell on Takahara’s foot who initated a second attack in 31′ minute. Kanda’s shot from inside the box went straight onto Akita’s keeper Miyake. On the other side Kumabayashi had a promising position for a free kick and indeed it might have been a goal if Tsuyoshi Sato has not been faster. Well done by the keeper. Takahara not only initiates attacks but also tries to strike. A long distance shot past the keeper only landed on the left post and jumped back in the game. Second half started as furious for the green jersey. Takahara longered a crossing with his head so Kanno only had to fulfill Sagamihara’s lead. Only five minutes later Mobi Fehr somehow reached a badly hit ball from Miyaki and deflected the ball passed the keeper. No idea what he has done. It was in the end Takahara who was allowed to kick the penalty kick caused by Akita’s Maeyama.
Player of the match: I think it is pretty poor as Takahara is hyped enough for his assignment to Sagamihara but – i have to admit – watching the highlights, there is no way to come to a different conclusion. He is doing well at Sagamihara and might make a difference in matches to come. We will see in only a couple of days when Sagamihara probably enjoys good weather and an excitement game at FC Ryukyu on Okinawa. I am curious.
- Fujieda MYFC 0-0 Fukushima United FC
Tsugutoshi Oishi – even though I am lacking the ability to remember names properly, especially Japanese ones, this name was is connected to matchday 4. With his debut in the Starting XI he scored not only once, not twice, not thrice – no, he scored four times against AC Nagano Parceiro.
This time to be hones, I am a little disappointed as he was not able to score once. Fujieda was doing pretty well controlling most of the game. Oishi, Edamoto and Hisatomi neither shot a goal and so it was a little but lucky that Fukushima’s Kim decided to attempt a shot instead of passing to completely free Junya Kuno. You have to admit Fukushima United yet only conceded 6 goals which is a great result among teams with 10 goals conceded. Fujieda lacks dangerous shot attempts – half of their goals were shot against Nagano Parceiro by Oishi.
- Gainare Tottori 1-1 AC Nagano Parceiro
If we were in 2013 I would say there is no way this match is going to end on Tottori’s side. Even though in J2, Gainare was struggeling to win any game since July. Parceiro on the other hand have not lost a match between April and November 2013, except for the last two match days. To cite a former and soon to be jailed Bundesliga president: „The trend is your friend.“ And therefore it is 2014, Gainare won two times against SC Sagamihara (pre-Takahara era) and Fukushima United FC with 1-0. Parceiro on the other hand lost against Fujieda. and struggled against Zweigen Kanazawa with a better end for them. A draw therefore was a good bet I guess.
So it be. The game was broadcastet live in TV and I was lucky enough to see it from the middle of first half on. It wa a harsh game as until 25′ minute the spectators saw one shot attempt on both sides. The second shot attempt for Tottori was a corner kick that landed directly in Kengo Takanas arms. Or would’ve landed if he thought it might be a good idead to keep it there. Didn’t look decent when it comes to his save attempt. Parceiro’s manager looked a little affected in HT but no changes for 2nd half. Gainare was controlling the game for what I understand until maybe 70′ minute. Best chance had Tadayo Fukuo who shot a Tanaka rebound straight into the corner where Tanaka was standing. In the last 20 minutes Nagano was being stronger with good chances by substituted Katsumata and a lovely free kick by Unozawa sent directly on the crossbar. Gainare then failed to end the game. Nagano’s Oshima wanted to hold a long ball shot by Gainares defence to substituted Tanio but felled miserably leaving the ball served for Tanio. Tanio only had to leave Tanaka exposed but his ball handling was too poor. Tanaka ran straight towards Tanio and grabbed the too far exhibited ball before Tanio could’ve attempt a shot. Nagano’s equalizer was the result of a splendid Unozawa run on the left side where he hold the ball against Tottori’s Sumida. His final cross ball went directly into the upper far corner of the goal with no chance for Sugimoto to get it. Inteded or not, Unozawa has some great quality and it is strange he and his team are not on top of the table.
Again I am sorry that the review comes a little late. Therefore I will add a little outlook on the upcoming matchday tomorrow noon.
Not only that finally FC Ryukyu is back in the game hosting SC Sagamihara (now Takahara-era), the top game in my opinion might be Machida Zelvia against Zweigen Kanazawa. Not because both teams are far on top but mainly because Kanazawa in my opinion has some great composition in their team. They might find a way to bring down Fortress Nozuta.
A derby occurs in Northern Honshu as Blaublitz Akita welcomes Iwate Prefecture’s Grulla Morioka. Nagano might add important points to their account with a home win against Yokohama SCC, Fujieda has to play against Gainare Tottori and the J-22 Selection will play in Fukushima against United FC.
I am not sure if I will be able to participate the upcoming weeks. As I wrote at the beginning of the entry I will go to Japan from 14th April to 23rd May and will watch some J. League, ACL and J3 League live. Some highlights are Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. Central Coast Mariners, Kashima Antlers vs. Tokushima Vortis, Gamba Osaka vs. Kashima Antlers (Yamazaki Nabisco Cup) and what I am most curious about: FC Ryukyu hosting Fukushima United FC.
If you like, stay tuned.