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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Urawa 1-1 S-Pulse

BarryBarry writes:

Urawa 1-1 S-Pulse
Edmilson 19 ----------Okazaki 38

Att. 38909

Line Up

GK Nishibe

DF Ichikawa
DF Hiraoka
DF Bosnar (yellow 41)
DF Ota

MF Ono
MF Honda
MF Hyodo

FW Okazaki
FW Johnsen
FW Fujimoto

Subs Used

M. Yamamoto on for Fujimoto (68)
Edamura on for Ono (74)
Hara on for Okazaki (85)


None, because I'm busy!

Not a fantastic result against 10th placed also-rans Urawa, but it's certainly good to stop the rot after last weekend. The home team will no doubt be more happy with a point against high flying opposition, but despite us missing the chance to close the gap on Nagoya (who stumbled at home to a draw) any away point is valuable. Draw away and win at home and you win the league. Next at home? Nagoya. If you're going to go, then get your ticket now - there are only 2000 left.


Sunday update:

I have a few minutes, so just to put on record that Nishibe, while he's prone to the odd howler every now and again, has been solid as a rock in the last couple of games, and has been pretty good all year. With Kaito out of first team contention for the foreseeable, Nishibe has stepped (back) up to the plate and has 1) kept us in the Nabisco Cup, and 2) stopped a couple of cracking shots in this game.

Okazaki's control and finish on his equaliser are top drawer. Check the highlights below. It's worth watching a couple of times in slow motion to appreciate how good his touch was from Jungo's cross to set it up for his volley home.


Full highlights


IBWM Jeff said...

Hi Barry

Really love the blog and would like to discuss a piece on the Pulse for IBWM (inbedwithmaradona.com).

Apologies for posting here, can't find a mail address!

Can you please contact me (jeff) editor@inbedwithmaradona.com

Barry said...

Hi Jeff,

Apologies for deleting your previous message. We've had trouble with spam in the past, but I can see now you're a real person, not an automated spammer! :)

Glad you like the blog - I'll email you on that address when I get a few minutes. :)