Monday 13 September 2010

Sanga finally win again as Grampus move seven clear

A 3-0 victory over fellow relegation battlers Vissel Kobe on Saturday moved Kyoto Sanga off the foot of the J1 table and gave Yutaka Akita’s side their first three points in 18 league matches dating back to 27 March.

Despite a nervous opening to the match, Dutra’s goal on 35 minutes gave Kyoto a precious 1-0 lead at the interval before two red cards in the second half cut short their visitors’ determined attempts at finding an equaliser. Defender Hiroyuki Komoto was then left to mind the Kobe net for the final ten minutes after goalkeeper Tatsuya Enomoto followed midfielder Ryosuke Matsuoka back to the dressing room - both for two bookable offences - with all three substitutions having already been made.

Diego then sealed the long-awaited victory with the home side’s second, before Daigo Watanabe took advantage of Komoto’s ambitious venture back out of goal to slide the ball into an empty net in the seventh minute of stoppage time and add further gloss to the scoreline.

The result also marked the first win of Akita’s reign after taking over from Hisashi Kato in July, and proved enough to take Sanga off the bottom on goal difference after a brace from Ryoichi Maeda condemned Shonan Bellmare to a 3-2 defeat at Jubilo Iwata. Five games without a win, however, led Vissel to announce on Sunday that manager Toshiya Miura had been dismissed and replaced with former first team coach Masahiro Wada.


Omiya Ardija created waves at both ends of the table with a shock 3-0 win over title challengers Shimizu S-Pulse. Goals from Rafael, Mato Neretljak, and recent arrival Lee Chun-Soo helped the Squirrels up three places to 13th, with Kashima Antlers replacing S-Pulse in third after beating Vegalta Sendai 1-0 - the reigning champions’ first league win in six attempts.

With second-placed Cerezo Osaka held to a 1-1 draw at home by Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Nagoya Grampus were able to take advantage and extend their lead at the top to seven points with a 1-0 win at Montedio Yamagata on Sunday evening. Gamba Osaka moved up to fifth thanks to a last-minute winner against Albirex Niigata from Dodo – the third goal the Brazilian youngster has scored in as many competitions in the space of the last week.

Yokohama F Marinos won 3-1 at Kawasaki Frontale to leapfrog their opponents into sixth, while FC Tokyo remain separated from the relegation zone on goal difference alone after their dismal form continued with a 1-0 home loss to Urawa Reds.

J1 results (matchday 22)
Omiya Ardija 3-0 Shimizu S-Pulse
Cerezo Osaka 1-1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Jubilo Iwata 3-2 Shonan Bellmare
Kawasaki Frontale 1-3 Yokohama F Marinos
Kyoto Sanga 3-0 Vissel Kobe
Kashima Antlers 1-0 Vegalta Sendai
Albirex Niigata 1-2 Gamba Osaka
Montedio Yamagata 0-1 Nagoya Grampus
FC Tokyo 0-1 Urawa Reds

Nabisco Cup quarter-final second leg results
Vegalta Sendai 0-0 Jubilo Iwata (Jubilo win 2-1 on aggregate)
Kawasaki Frontale 3-1 Kashima Antlers (Kawasaki win 4-3 on aggregate)
Shimizu S-Pulse 0-0 FC Tokyo (1-1 on aggregate; Shimizu win on away goals)
Gamba Osaka 1-2 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (2-2 on aggregate; Sanfrecce win on away goals)

International friendly result
2-1 Guatemala

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Dodo was in great form on Sunday at an event with the children from the Gamba Juniors soccer school, clowning around one minute and scoring amazing headers the next. He looked very happy, and the kids adored him. I hope he's in similar good form for next week's derby with Cerezo.
Posted by Claire at 14 September 2010 09:47
It's great that Dodo is starting to make an impact on and off the pitch. I watched him in the flesh a couple of times last year with Ehime FC and he really stood out on both occasions. I was excited enough by his arrival at Gamba to title an article in his honour (, and hopefully there'll be many more opportunities for him to continue his impressive scoring streak in matches that I'm there to witness!
Posted by Ben Mabley at 05 October 2010 18:06
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