S-Pulse 1-0 Gamba Osaka
7pm, Nihondaira Stadium
Shizuoka city, Shizuoka prefecture
Novakovic on for Honda (51)
Kawai on for Ishige (63)
Muramatsu on for Nagasawa (86)
Kenta Hasegawa's first visit to Nihondaira as an opposition manager didn't end happily for the former Shimizu boss. His newly promoted Gamba Osaka were left ruing their wasted chances as they returned to Kansai pointless. If tonight was all about taking chances, then it was us who did what was required. 4 shots to G. Osaka's 14, Nagasawa's poke home just after the half hour was the difference.
I've not been so glad to get home from a game for while. The constant cold drizzle started to grate in the 2nd half, and the frequent Osaka shots were doing nothing for my nerves. We dug in though, held on and the three points are ours. They keep us top of Nabisco Cup group A, and with game three our game off (there are seven teams in the group) our next fixture is not until May 21st. Up to Tokyo midweek to meet Ota and friends once more.
I may write some more tomorrow, but for now I'm tired and need a cup of tea. In my S-Pulse mug, obviously. :)
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