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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

S-Pulse 0-0 FC Tokyo (Nab Cup 1/4 Final 2nd Leg)

BarryBarry writes:

S-Pulse 0-0 FC Tokyo

Agg: 1-1 (S-Pulse win on away goals)

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Line Up

GK Nishibe

DF Ichikawa
DF Iwashita
DF Hiraoka
DF Ota

MF Ito
MF Honda
MF Ono

FW Hyodo
FW Johnsen
FW Edamura

Subs Used

M. Yamamoto on for Edamura (68)
Hara on for Ono (80)
Nagasawa on for Johnsen (89)

Report

Well, if you're going to travel over 6000 miles for a 0-0, it had better be a good one. Luckily for me, it was, and while we rode our luck one, two, three - I lose count how many times, Nishibe played a blinder, we didn't concede, and we go through on away goals.

Full time
Tokyo will feel they should have won this - and on shots and chances, they should. They hit the bar and post I forget how many times (that said, we also rattled the woodwork once or twice) but just couldn't find a way through. As time went on, their desperation started to tell as the mistimed balls and over-hit passes increased in number.

Kenta thinks things over with Kazuaki

For our part, we were without both Okazaki and Fujimoto, whose 19 goals between them have seen them both called up to the national team, so with the untried top three of Hyodo, Johnsen and Edamura, I guess things were always going to be a bit on the slow side. We did carve out a few good chances, and Teru had a good game. He'll play to see his 500th appearance yet.
Take a bow - now win the semi!!
We'll meet Hiroshima in the semi finals. Leg one is September 29th in Hiroshima (Wed, 7pm). Leg two is October 10th in Shimizu (Sun, 3pm).

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