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Saturday, 12 December 2009

S-Pulse 3-2 Niigata (aet) Emperor's Cup 1/4 Final

BarryBarry writes:

S-Pulse 3-2 Niigata
Okazaki 11 ----------------Matsushita 15
Johnsen 86 ----------------Yano 88
Kodama 104

Att. 9705

Line Up

GK Nishibe

DF Ichikawa
DF Hiraoka
DF Arata
DF Ota

MF Fujimoto
MF Honda
MF Edamura
MF Hyodo

FW Johnsen
FW Okazaki

Subs Used

Nagasawa on for Hyodo (72)
Ito on for Fujimoto (88)
Nagia on for Honda (95)

S-Pulse marched on to the semi final of the cup in a pulsating match at a sun-bathed Nihondaira this afternoon. An excellent away support came down from Niigata for what would be the final game of 2009 for one of these two teams. S-Pulse rediscovered the art of goal scoring with both front men getting on the score sheet, but it was Arata Kodama who popped up deep in extra time first half stoppage time to volley home the goal which sent us into the cup semi final.

Nihondaira Stadium, Shizuoka City, Japan
A balmy 23 degree Saturday afternoon (On December 12th!!!)
Everton Santos saw red (but had to be carried off)

The semi final will be played at Ecopa Stadium on December 29th at 1pm. Opponents will be Nagoya, who beat Gifu in their quarter final.

Videos

Highlights taken from the official Albirex channel:



Now for some personal cam captures of our goals, starting with Okazaki's opener:



Johnsen makes it two one:



Arata volleys home the winner:



All three videos courtesy of YouTube user ssnnddttyy.

2 comments:

Yujiro said...

One of the most exciting games!
Nishibe made a terriffic save against Yano just before full time. Thank you Nishibe. Hope revived in us!

Barry said...

Seriously - the save right at the end saved the whole game. I thought that was it for us, but the big man got down really well. Onwards to Ecopa!