Omiya 2-3 S-Pulse
Shimizu 52 ------------- Bare 55, 83
Novakovič 80 ----------- Hiraoka 79
Nack5 Stadium, Saitama City
DF Lee Ki-Je
Bare on for Senuma (HT)
Murata on for Takaki (57)
Ishige (91) on for Hattanda (71)
A real humdinger of a cup tie up in Saitama this evening. After a pretty drab first 45, the game exploded into life with five second half goals. Two came in a five minute burst shortly after the restart with three more in another five minute spell 25 minutes later. The victory came via a rare goal from a high rising Hiraoka and two from Bare. Bare's first was a very powerful run and suggests a player getting into full stride. His second came after he didn't so much lose his marker, as his marker drifted off into nowhere leaving him totally free. He needed no more invitation than that, and our third goal was enough for the win, though it far from an easy match.
The result revives our Nabisco Cup hopes, but until the other group games are played tomorrow we won't know quite where we are. As it stands, the Group A looks like this:
|Yokohama F. Marinos||3||2||0||1||3||1||+2||6|
We still need to win both our remaining games, with the game home to Yokohama May 22nd looking like it may be the big one. Aside from the table, bagging three goals will have done us no harm mentally. That horrific start to the season will fade a little further into memory and the confidence gained from a hard fought away can only be a good thing.
It's all back to Saitama on Saturday as we face Urawa in the league.See you there? Maybe.
Highlights recorded off the TV on a camera. Not ideal, but better than nothing and thanks really does go to the uploader.