Albirex Niigata 3-1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Kawamata 18 (pen), 70 ------------------- Radončić 75
KO 7pm, Niigata Stadium
Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
MF Sugiyama (16)
Takeuchi on for Yoshida (63)
Musaka on for Ito (63)
Takagi on for Honda (81)
Afraid I didn't see any of this one. Real life getting in the way again. Disappointing result through. I note that Niigata managed to pick up six yellow card, including two for defender Kim Jin-Su. Must have been a rough game, and I'm glad we didn't pick up any injuries.
Fantastic to see new signing Radončić get off the mark in his début, and seems like he could have had more. Today's strike may have come off a Niigata mistake, but it does move him 25% the way towards matching Bare's haul. Yep, Bare only scored four league goals in the first half of the season. Looking forward to seeing the Caron Baron's* contribution the remaining 15 games.
Next game is home to relegation threatened Shonan Bellmare on Saturday. Three points a must!
* A caron is the name of the mark over the first C in Radončić's name.
Highlights. Sugiyama's challenge for the penalty was right on the line, which I always though would mean a freekick, but I'm clutching at straws, aren't I? Bad timing and he was lucky not to see red.
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