Demolition. Annihilation. Beating. Whipping. Destruction. Mauling. Thrashing.
Take your pick. :)
Me and Fuz were both at the 2-0 away defeat last season, and so yesterday's result is an especially sweet one. Despite us both being in Tokyo at 3pm on Saturday, we were en route to Saitama to catch Radiohead, and so missed our best away result of the season. Much like S-Pulse, Radiohead played a blinder. They rocked out a stonking set to a full house, though the majority of which bizarrely stood in static silence for each song. I've never been given evil stares at a gig for singing along before! It was like being at the cinema. Very, very odd crowd.
Anyway, back to the football! Yesterday's goal-fest makes a season aggregate in all competitions of 10-2 against FC Tokyo, and barring an end of season collapse of Urawa-sized proportions, should secure our J1 status for next year. All five goals came from different players starting with another long range blast from Yamamoto. This was followed by another corner strike by Iwashita, and then Hara made it three just before the break.
Tokyo came out swinging in the second half, and despite a total of 11 shots found the target only once. That was on the hour, but was never anything more than a consolation. Okazaki on 78 made it four, before Toda rounded off the rout with a goal in the last minute against his former club. I bet he enjoyed that one!
It was a real shame we had plans elsewhere, as I'm sure the travelling thousands revelled in the 5-1 mauling of their hosts. I can only imagine the crowd in the Ajista knew how to enjoy itself more than the one at the Radiohead show! So here are the goals - enjoy! Check out Hara's control on the third goal - this lad is a real talent!!