Nagoya 1-1 S-Pulse
Tamada 8 ---------------- Brosque 18
GK K. Yamamoto
DF Iwashita (c)
MF M. Yamamoto
Takahara on for M. Yamamoto (67)
Atomu on for Takagi (93)
What a game of football that was. Perfect for the neutral, but for either set of fans, tension and nerves right up to full time. Really glad I made the trip though. It was a really enjoyable afternoon in Aichi and worries of rain being totally unfounded. Blazing sunshine throughout meant most of us went home with our first tan of the year.
So in summary - again without our main man Ono, but we are improving game by game. We were against an understrength Nagoya team but make no mistake, they will be there or thereabouts come December. Takagi was excellent, the crowd was small (11500 for the champions! In a city of 2.1million! In Golden Week!!!), the beer girls were friendly, it was a good game as captain for Iwashita, Kaito was solid as a rock, Toyota Stadium is bloody stunning, and the young Nagoya fan I saw bounding out of Mizuho at the end singing our "Ole, ole, ole ole!" put a smile on my face all the way back to the subway station. :)
A video in Chinese (maybe) with just the goals until something better shows up. Both goals come from errors, as you can see.
Sending the lads off to the changing room with a song.