Monday 12 September 2011

Another hat-trick for Bando completes Cerezo recovery in nine-goal thriller

Ryuji Bando came off the bench to score a hat-trick for the second time in three weeks as Cerezo Osaka recovered from 3-0 down to beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5-4.

The home side suffered a nightmare first half as defender Teruyuki Moniwa was forced off through injury after just eight minutes, before goalkeeper Kim Jin-Hyeon misjudged a cross from Mihael Mikić and allowed the ball to sail straight into the net. Further strikes from Yojiro Takahagi and Hisato Sato looked to have given Sanfrecce an unassailable advantage at the interval.

But Cerezo incredibly fought back level within twelve minutes of Bando’s introduction at the start of the second period. A deflected effort from Hiroshi Kiyotake in the first minute of the half set the ball rolling, and Bando got his head to crosses from Yusuke Maruhashi and Fabio Lopes for two more goals in quick succession.

Kim Bo-Kyung finally put Cerezo ahead on 72 minutes with the aid of another deflection, while Bando completed his hat-trick soon afterwards to round off the spectacular recovery. Sato struck a close-range consolation for the visitors in stoppage time.

City rivals Gamba Osaka extended their lead at the top of J1 to three points with a rather less dramatic 2-0 win at home to fourth-from-bottom Omiya Ardija, as Kashiwa Reysol came from behind to beat reigning champions Nagoya Grampus 2-1.

Gamba took the lead at the end of a turgid first half when Rafinha pounced on a weak back pass by Shin Kanazawa. Omiya ‘keeper Takashi Kitano managed to prevent the Brazilian from scoring but the ball broke for strike partner Lee Keun-Ho to slot home into the empty goal.

Rafinha did net his eighth goal in nine appearances for the club late in the second half, collecting a pass from substitute Kim Seung-Yong to complete a rare flowing breakaway.

Their joy was doubled by the news from Kashiwa, where Grampus slipped to fourth in the table despite taking a 17th-minute lead through Keiji Tamada’s direct free kick. Jorge Wagner’s clever flick played in Junya Tanaka to equalise midway through the second half, before Yoshinari Takagi made a hash of Hiroki Sakai’s cross to allow a simple finish for Masakatsu Sawa.

Yokohama F Marinos are now up to second ahead of Reysol on goal difference, as Aria Jasuru Hasegawa’s early strike was enough to decide an unexpectedly tricky encounter with bottom side Avispa Fukuoka.

Gamba visit Yokohama next weekend for what will be their third top-two battle in the space of a month.


Freefalling Kawasaki Frontale saw their club record run of consecutive league losses extended to eight in a display of comical defending at home to Vissel Kobe. Goals from Takayuki Yoshida and Yoshito Okubo – both left in acres of space – sandwiched the easiest of efforts for Park Kang-Jo, played through on goal by a woefully underhit back pass by Kosuke Kikuchi.

Ventforet Kofu remain seven points adrift of safety after a 2-1 home loss to Vegalta Sendai, but Montedio Yamagata are now just a point further back in 17th after Masato Yamazaki’s second-minute goal secured a 1-0 victory away to Urawa Reds.

Elsewhere, a second half debut cameo from former Sweden international Frederik Ljungberg was not enough to turn the Shizuoka derby in favour of Shimizu S-Pulse, as Jubilo Iwata ran out 2-1 winners thanks to international pair Yuichi Komano and Ryoichi Maeda.

Fifth-placed Kashima Antlers fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Albirex Niigata, but the two points dropped leave Oswaldo de Oliveira’s side now ten behind the top four.

- Nadeshiko Japan sealed their place at next year’s Olympic Games in London with a record of four wins and one draw from their five Asian women’s qualifying matches played in China this month.
- Shinji Okazaki scored the opener for VfB Stuttgart in their 3-0 home win over Hannover 96, while Hajime Hosogai recorded the first of his Bundesliga career but was unable to prevent FC Augsburg from losing 4-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen.
- Lucas became the second former Gamba Osaka striker to hit a hat-trick on Saturday, following the earlier feats of Ryuji Bando as FC Tokyo thrashed Kyoto Sanga 6-1 to go two points clear at the top of J2.

J1 results (matchday 25)
Cerezo Osaka 5-4 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Avispa Fukuoka 0-1 Yokohama F Marinos
Kashiwa Reysol 2-1 Nagoya Grampus
Albirex Niigata 2-2 Kashima Antlers
Jubilo Iwata 2-1 Shimizu S-Pulse
Gamba Osaka 2-0 Omiya Ardija
Urawa Reds 0-1 Montedio Yamagata
Ventforet Kofu 1-2 Vegalta Sendai
Kawasaki Frontale 0-3 Vissel Kobe

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