Kashiwa 3-0 S-Pulse
GK K. Yamamoto
Takahara on for Brosque (55)
A heady combination of a newly put together team, a referee making a couple of awful calls and a team new to J1 out to impress, and there you go. We looked disjointed and full of nerves and never really got it together.
In the thick of it
Check out our wonderful travelling support. You can also see the harsh freekick for their opener as the and a totally crazy call for the straight red. Poor Bosnar - you have to feel sorry for him when the referee's thinking pattern seems to go: huge white guy comes into contact with opponent = foul. He played the ball in what was to my mind a brilliant tackle. How the ref can blow the decision to such an extreme... God help tall foreign players when this guy is around, that's all I can say.