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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Vegalta Sendai 1-2 S-Pulse


Vegalta Sendai 1-2 S-Pulse
Wilson 54 --------------------------------------- Ito 15
------------------------------------------------------ Radončić 34

Att 17394

November 30th, 5pm
Yurtec Stadium
Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture

Line Up

GK Kushibiki (95)

DF Yoshida
DF Sugiyama (75)
DF Jong-a-Pin

MF Ishige
MF Honda
MF Muramatsu
MF Takagi

FW Omae (93)
FW Ito
FW Radončić

Subs Used

Kawai on for Takagi (61)
Murata on for Ishige (81)
Takaki on for Yoshida (87)


A hard fought and bruising affair (just ask Yoshida) with Sendai this evening. The game started at 100 mph, very open and both teams created clear chances. We took the initiative and were 2-0 up at the break. Sho stroked home a lovely strike on the 15 minute mark, and Radončić broke his mini-drought slamming home with no mess from the edge of the area. The second half saw Sendai a lot more in control, but we held firm and came home with all three points. This was our eighth win from the last eleven. Two defeats were against the current 1st and 2nd place, so pretty good form, all told.

At the top of the table we're set for a thrilling climax. Two teams are in with a shout of the title; Yokohama F. Marinos and Hiroshima. If Marinos win at rivals Kawasaki, they're champions. Apart from wanting to shaft their neighbours, Kawasaki will be going for an ACL spot, so you can expect fireworks. If Yokohama fail to win, Hiroshima can, with three points, pip them to the title. The defending champions are away to Kashima. Barring a 10 goal winning margin, the best Kashima can hope for is a 2nd placed finish, but will still be eager to secure their ACL berth. Again, expect fireworks.

It's in Yokohama's hands, but after today's capitulation in front of a record 62632 fans they'll need to rouse themselves for their biggest Kanagawa derby, indeed their biggest game full stop, in years. Hiroshima need to win and hope. This time next year it'll be us up there. Believe!


Highlights swiped by somebody off the TV.