FC Tokyo 0-1 S-Pulse
-------------------------------------- Takagi 77
DF Yoshida (65)
DF Jong a Pin (45+1)
DF Lee (53)
MF Ono (49)
MF Brosque (24, 74)
FW Franca (5, 56)
Takahara on for Ito (67)
Takagi on for Ono (67)
Hiraoka on for Omae (77)
Report - Against all Odds
Up in the capital yesterday, 9 men S-Pulse pulled a mini miracle out of the hat. At 9 v 11 away from home with 15 minutes still ahead of us, nobody would have dared dream of getting a result. Step up super sub ex-Tokyo Verdy Toshiyuki Takagi. Ten minutes after coming on he smashed it unstoppably past Gonda to send a disbelieving away end into an explosion of orange ecstasy.
Had the pleasure of bumping into a couple of Brisbane Roar fans after the game over for the ACL match on Wednesday with Tokyo. Will save you fellas a couple of seats on Thursday if you're coming down!
The Orange Army was out in force
It was a long old last 15 minutes (plus 5 minutes stoppage time)
All smiles at the end
Highlights. The second yellow for Franca was really harsh if you ask me. He jumped, using arms to gain hight. That his hand (not his arm, not his elbow) brushed the Tokyo player's face was unlucky at worst. To give a second yellow is a very clumsy decision by the ref. It was repeated later for the second yellow for Brosque though, so Nishimura is clearly a man with control issues.
Toshiyuki's belter is everything as good as I remember and sent us delirious. Nearly broke the net with that one. All credit to Taka who dinked in a perfect little ball in between the two defenders.