FC Tokyo win 3-2 on aggregate
Right, suggestions for fun ways to spend Culture Day please? It suddenly became freed up.
No Hara on ｔhe bench (he's still out for another week or so) meant we were reduced to throwing Nagasawa on for the last 20 minutes. No disrespect to him, but when he's your final roll of the dice to get goals, you pretty much know it's a lost cause.
So in isolation, and given the absence of Okazaki, Iwashita, Hara, and Nagai and Aoyama's enforced substitutions, not a horrendous performance. But of course, this was a cup semi-final second leg which we had to win. We didn't, and wouldn't have if we'd played till midnight, so that's that for 2009's Nabisco Cup run.
My best wishes to the fans of Kawasaki and Tokyo - cup final day is a wonderful experience, so have a great one. Me? I'll be washing my hair...
GK K. Yamamoto
Fujimoto on for Nagai (42)
Hiraoka on for Aoyama (56)
Nagasawa on for Ito (70)
Reports from The Rising Sun can be read here. Official pictures can be found here (top row).
Highlights of this, and the other, semi final: