S-Pulse 1-1 Jubilo
Hiraoka 45 ---------------- Yamazaki 46
MF M. Yamamoto
Takaki on for Takahara (HT)
Alex on for Ono (70)
Over 5500 people turned out in the pouring rain for a charity game to raise money for the earthquake. It's a shame the weather wasn't more kind as the crowd figure no doubt took a hit as a result, but nevertheless several million yen was raised for the very best of causes.
Today was never really about the game and all about the cause. S-Pulse and Jubilo fans sang as one in support of Kashima, Sendai and Mito, the three teams worst effected by the disaster. It was far from a regular occasion with everything toned down and no songs or chants which were overtly pro-Shimizu. I'm not even sure either team wanted to win this game. Perhaps it would have looked like poor form to have gone all out to win today.
We opened the scoring from a corner where a rare goal from Hiraoka came from a header at the near post. This was just before half time, but moments after the restart Jubilo had equalised. I didn't see the build up, distracted as I was singing along with Jubilo to Sendai's Country Roads song.
But like I say, it wasn't a real game in the way a league derby would be, and little can be read into the scoreline or performance, so I'm just to leave it there. What matters is the millions of yen raised. Ganbare Nippon!!!
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