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    Ins Winter 08/09

    Coach Jang Wae-Ryong, Incheon United
    GK Takahiro Takagi, Sapporo (loan end)
    DF Shunsuke Fukuda, Hosei University
    DF Haruki Nishimura, Takasaki (loan end)
    DF/MF Ryohei Arai, Omiya Youth
    FW Naoki Ishihara, Shonan

    Outs Winter 08/09

    Coach Yasuhiro Higuchi, Yokohama FC
    GK Hiroki Aratani, Sapporo
    DF Akira Ishigame
    DF Tatsuya Kawahara, Kusatsu (loan)
    DF Leandro
    DF Takuro Nishimura
    MF Naoya Saeki
    FW Hiroshi Morita, Kofu
    FW Naoto Sakurai
    FW Manabu Wakabayashi
    FW Kota Yoshihara

    Ardija Squad 2008

    GK 1 Hiroki Aratani
    GK 20 Nobuhisa Kobayashi
    GK 21 Koji Ezumi
    GK 31 Keiki Shimizu (r)

    DF 2 Taishi Tsukamoto (r)
    DF 3 Leandro
    DF 4 Yasuhiro Hato
    DF 5 Daisuke Tomita (v/c)
    DF 18 Takuro Nishimura
    DF 19 Yusuke Murayama
    DF 22 Terukazu Tanaka
    DF 26 Daiki Niwa (n)
    DF 29 Tatsuya Kawahara (r)

    MF 6 Yosuke Kataoka
    MF 7 Naoya Saeki
    MF 8 Daigo Kobayashi
    MF 11 Chikara Fujimoto (v/c)
    MF 15 Masato Saito
    MF 17 Hayato Hashimoto
    MF 23 Shin Kanazawa
    MF 24 Takaya Kawanabe
    MF 25 Tomoya Uchida (n)
    MF 28 Kohei Tokita (r)
    MF 32 Yoshiyuki Kobayashi (c)
    MF 34 Takuya Aoki (r)

    FW 9 Kota Yoshihara
    FW 10 Denis Marques
    FW 13 Pedro Junior
    FW 14 Hiroshi Morita
    FW 16 Klemen Lavric (n*)
    FW 27 Masahiko Ichikawa (r)
    FW 30 Naoto Sakurai
    FW 35 Daisuke Watabe (r)

    (c) = captain
    (n) = new for 2008
    (n*) = signed during 2008
    (r) = rookie
    (v/c) = vice-captain

    Loans Out until

    DF Tatsuya Kawahara, Kusatsu 31 Jan 10
    DF Daiki Niwa, Fukuoka 31 Jan 09
    FW Pedro Junior, Vila Nova 31 Dec 08

    Ardija J1 Games

    09 Mar H v Niigata 2-0
    16 Mar A v Kyoto 1-2
    30 Mar A v S-Pulse 0-0

    02 Apr H v Nagoya 1-2
    05 Apr H v Oita 2-0
    12 Apr A v JEF 4-2
    20 Apr A v Urawa 0-0
    27 Apr H v Kashima 1-1
    30 Apr A v Gamba 3-2

    03 May H v FC Tokyo 0-3
    06 May A v Marinos 1-1
    10 May H v Sapporo 1-2
    17 May A v Kawasaki 3-2

    28 Jun H v Verdy 2-0

    05 Jul A v Kobe 0-1
    12 Jul H v Jubilo 1-2
    17 Jul A v Kashiwa 0-1
    21 Jul A v Nagoya 0-4
    27 Jul H v S-Pulse 0-0

    09 Aug A v Sapporo 2-1
    16 Aug H v Gamba 2-0
    24 Aug A v Oita 0-1
    28 Aug H v Marinos 1-0

    13 Sep A v FC Tokyo 1-3
    21 Sep H v Urawa 0-1
    27 Sep H v Kobe 0-2

    01 Oct A v Kashima 0-2
    04 Oct H v Kashiwa 0-4
    18 Oct A v Verdy 0-1
    26 Oct H v JEF 2-1

    08 Nov H v Kawasaki 2-1
    23 Nov A v Niigata 2-2
    30 Nov H v Kyoto 1-1

    06 Dec A v Jubilo 1-0

    J1 Scorers final

    8 Denis Marques
    5 Lavric
    3 Fujimoto
    3 Kobayashi D
    3 Kobayashi Y
    2 Leandro
    2 Morita
    2 Pedro Junior
    2 Saito
    2 Tomita
    2 Yoshihara
    1 Kataoka
    1 Tokita

    J1 Cards final

    YYY Kataoka
    YYY Kobayashi Y
    YYY Lavric
    YYY Morita
    YYY Tokita
    YY Murayama
    YY Pedro Junior
    YY Uchida
    Y Fujimoto
    Y Hashimoto
    Y Saeki
    Y Saito
    Y Tomita


    Emperor's Cup Games

    02 Nov H v Cerezo 1-0
    15 Nov H v Nagoya 1-2

    Emperor's Cup Scorers

    1 Lavric
    1 Uchida

    Emperor's Cup Cards

    Y Fujimoto
    Y Lavric
    Y Uchida


    Nabisco Cup Table final

    1. Marinos 12 (+6)
    2. Oita 11 (+4)
    3. Niigata 4 (-4)
    4. Omiya 3 (-6)

    Nabisco Cup Games

    20 Mar A v Niigata 2-2
    23 Mar H v Marinos 0-0

    16 Apr A v Marinos 0-4

    25 May H v Oita 1-2
    31 May H v Niigata 1-1

    08 Jun A v Oita 0-1

    Nabisco Cup Scorers final

    1 Denis Marques
    1 Kobayashi D
    1 Morita
    1 Pedro Junior

    Nabisco Cup Cards final

    Y(YY=R) Denis Marques
    YY Leandro
    Y Kanazawa
    Y Kobayashi D
    Y Morita
    Y Niwa
    Y Pedro Junior
    Y Saeki
    Y Tanaka
    Y Tomita
    Y Yoshihara


    J1 Table final

    1. Kashima 63 (+26)
    2. Kawasaki 60 (+23)
    3. Nagoya 59 (+13)

    4. Oita 56 (+9)
    - - - - - - - - - -
    5. S-Pulse 55 (+8)
    6. FC Tokyo 55 (+4)
    7. Urawa 53 (+8)
    8. Gamba 50 (-3)
    9. Marinos 48 (+11)
    10. Kobe 47 (+1)
    11. Kashiwa 46 (+3)
    12. Omiya 43 (-9)
    13. Niigata 42 (-14)
    14. Kyoto 41 (-9)
    15. JEF 38 (-17)
    - - - - - - - - - -
    16. Jubilo 37 (-8)
    17. Verdy 37 (-12)
    18. Sapporo 18 (-34)

    Last J1 Games 06 Dec

    JEF 4-2 FC Tokyo
    Jubilo 0-1 Omiya
    Kobe 0-2 Kashiwa
    Kyoto 1-3 S-Pulse
    Niigata 3-2 Gamba
    Oita 0-0 Nagoya
    Sapporo 0-1 Kashima
    Urawa 1-6 Marinos
    Verdy 0-2 Kawasaki

    Next J1 Games tbc


    J2 Table final

    1. Hiroshima 100 (+64)
    2. Yamagata 78 (+26)
    3. Sendai 70 (+15)
    - - - - - - - - - -
    4. Cerezo 69 (+21)
    5. Shonan 65 (+20)
    6. Tosu 64 (-1)
    7. Kofu 59 (+9)
    8. Fukuoka 58 (-11)
    9. Kusatsu 53 (-7)
    10. Yokohama FC 50 (-5)
    11. Mito 47 (-18)
    12. Kumamoto 43 (-26)
    13. Gifu 42 (-28)
    14. Ehime 37 (-27)
    15. Tokushima 29 (-32)

    Last J2 Games 06 Dec

    Cerezo 2-1 Ehime
    Fukuoka 3-1 Shonan
    Gifu 1-0 Tosu
    Hiroshima 3-0 Tokushima
    Sendai 1-0 Kusatsu
    Yamagata 1-0 Mito
    Yokohama FC 0-0 Kofu

    Next J2 Games tbc

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Squirrels Safe As Daigo Downs Jubilo
J1 Game 34, Sat 06 08

Jubilo Iwata 0-1 Omiya Ardija

0-1 Daigo Kobayashi 75'

GK Ezumi (8)
DF Tsukamoto (7)
DF Kataoka (6)
DF Tomita (6)
DF Hato (6)
MF Daigo Kobayashi (8)
MF Yoshiyuki Kobayashi (7)
MF Saeki (6) (Saito 77')
MF Uchida (6) (Tokita 69')
FW Fujimoto (6) (Yoshihara 86')
FW Lavric (6)

Subs not used

GK Aratani
DF Tanaka
MF Aoki
FW Morita


Y Tokita 88'

Mission accomplished. Omiya Ardija won their final J1 fixture of 2008, after being on the back foot for virtually all of the ninety minutes at relegation-threatened Jubilo Iwata. But a win is a win is a win and the Squirrels thereby guaranteed their own survival in the top flight for next season. Fielding the current full-strength line-up with the exception of the suspended Leandro, Ardija were committed enough - but often found themselves deep in their own half defending regular Jubilo attacks.

As in the July fixture between the two teams that Omiya were unlucky to lose, Gilsinho was the danger man and tormented the Squirrels' defence with his mazy dribbling and forward running. Ardija didn't have many chances to speak of in the first half, as the little and large pairing of Chikara Fujimoto and Klemen Lavric were well marshalled by the Iwata rearguard.

The second half then followed the same pattern as the first, although with one notable difference - Omiya scored with fifteen minutes remaining, although before that clincher Gilsinho really should have put Jubilo ahead. But fortune was with Yasuhiro Higuchi's team when the Brazilian ballooned over the bar after picking up a rebound just outside the six-yard area. A few minutes later, Lavric picked up the ball from substitute Kohei Tokita and found his cross across the box blocked by a defender.

The giant Slovenian nodded the subsequent rebound across Jubilo's goal area directly on to the head of the onrushing Daigo Kobayashi who finished powerfully past Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi. Against the run of play the score may have been, but the fans wearing orange behind the goal certainly weren't complaining. Omiya then held firm until the final whistle and apart from a few long-range efforts in the closing stages, the again impressive Koji Ezumi was relatively untroubled.
【2008/12/06 18:25】 2008 Match Reports | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(10)
Stumbling Towards The Finish Line...
J1 Game 33, Sun 30 Nov 08

Omiya Ardija 1-1 Kyoto Sanga

1-0 Lavric 12'
1-1 Hayashi 58'

GK Ezumi (7)
DF Tsukamoto (7)
DF Kataoka (5)
DF Tomita (6)
DF Hato (6)
MF Daigo Kobayashi (6)
MF Yoshiyuki Kobayashi (8)
MF Saeki (6) (Saito 77')
MF Uchida (7) (Morita 84')
FW Fujimoto (7) (Tokita 73') (6)
FW Lavric (8)

Subs not used

GK Aratani
DF Tanaka
MF Kanazawa
FW Yoshihara


Y Lavric 89'

Omiya Ardija put in another battling performance today against a resolute Kyoto Sanga team in almost the same amount of trouble as the Squirrels. Lacking Leandro in the centre of defence but with skipper Yoshiyuki Kobayashi returning to the starting line-up, nevertheless Ardija started positively and closed down the opposition aggressively. As has been the case in recent weeks, this was an Omiya team that looked to attack at every possible opportunity.

And the Squirrels took the lead in the twelfth minute when Chikara Fujimoto's blocked shot fell to Tomoya Uchida, who crossed the ball across the six-yard area for Klemen Lavric to strike home powerfully with his right foot. Kyoto were dangerous on the break - especially through Takenori Hayashi - but Omiya had several other opportunities in the first half, with Yoshiyuki having some excellent long range efforts just go over or wide of the post.

Daigo Kobayashi also came close to netting the second goal of the game when his long-range shot beat Yuichi Mizutani - and the Sanga crossbar. At the other end, Squirrels keeper Koji Ezumi did well to parry a shot to safety that ricocheted wickedly off his team-mates. But it was the visitors who equalised in the 58th minute when Atsushi Yanagisawa crossed across the Ardija six-yard box for Hayashi to beat Ezumi at his near post.

There were other chances for Omiya, as Kyoto seemed determined to play for the draw that would serve to guarantee their place in J1 for 2009. Yasuhiro Hato, of all people, forced Mizutani to turn a shot around the post after an uncharacteristic mazy run - and that man Lavric had the ball in the net in the 75th minute with an excellent looped finish only for it to be chalked off for offside. Overall Ardija were probably the better team and this point moves them a bit nearer to safety. One more point next week against Jubilo Iwata will do it.
【2008/11/30 17:54】 2008 Match Reports | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(5)
Leandro Strikes To Save Squirrels
J1 Game 32, Sun 23 Nov 08

Albirex Niigata 2-2 Omiya Ardija

1-0 Alessandro 35'
1-1 Yoshiyuki Kobayashi 53'
2-1 Alessandro 56'
2-2 Leandro 88'

GK Ezumi (6)
DF Tsukamoto (6)
DF Leandro (7)
DF Tomita (5)
DF Hato (7)
MF Kanazawa (6) (Yoshihara 72')
MF Kataoka (5) (Saito 59') (5)
MF Daigo Kobayashi (7)
MF Uchida (8)
FW Fujimoto (6) (Yoshiyuki Kobayashi 19') (7)
FW Lavric (6)

Subs not used

GK Aratani
DF Tanaka
MF Saeki
FW Morita


Y Leandro 34'

All in all it was another good performance from Omiya Ardija on a cold and drizzly Sunday afternoon in Niigata. Although the Squirrels made some defensive errors, they played with a lot of grit and determination and deserved the point after a hard-fought ninety minutes. The only change from expected line-up was Yosuke Kataoka in for Naoya Saeki in the centre of midfield and as in recent games Ardija started off on the front foot and took the game to the opposition.

Taishi Tsukamotohad a great chance early on but put wide after being set up by a ball from the outside of Daigo Kobayashi's right foot. A quick free-kick from Tomoya Uchida nearly resulted in Omiya taking the lead, but Klemen Lavric blazed his left-foot effort wide with only the keeper to beat. Chikara Fujimoto was replaced by skipper Yoshiyuki Kobayashi as a result of having picked up what looked like groin trouble, but despite having had the majority of play the Squirrels fell behind after conceding a soft penalty in the 35th minute.

Leandro hauled down the Swans' Kisho Yano, even though the burly number 11 had very little chance of connecting with the ball as it came into the Omiya box. Alessandro placed his right-foot penalty only just past Koji Ezumi'soutstretched right hand and it was 1-0 to Albirex; Leandro's yellow card from the incident will now rule him out of the Kyoto game next week.

But eight minutes into the second half, the Squirrels were level with a fortuitous penalty. Daigo rounded Takashi Kitano but was at a very narrow angle - and with minimum contact from the Niigata keeper, the Ardija man stumbled slightly and the referee pointed to the spot for the second time. With no nerves at all Yoshiyuki impudently chipped Kitano from the spot for the equaliser.

Barely three minutes later, however, the home side took the lead again through some slack marking from Daisuke Tomita at a long free kick. That man Alessandro was on hand again to head home from six yards, but in the subsequent celebrations he managed to get himself a second yellow card for taking his shirt off. With the main opposition threat somewhat luckily removed, Omiya spent the rest of the game camped in the Albirex half, although without much success.

Lavric went close, but the Squirrels at last got a deserved second when Yasuhiro Hato played in a cross and Leandro atoned for his earlier error with a bullet header in off the bar. Yoshiyuki nearly grabbed the winner with a diving header that just went wide in injury time, but Yasuhiro Higuchi's team came away from their trip north with a merited and perhaps crucial point.
【2008/11/23 17:53】 2008 Match Reports | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(2)
Johnsen Strikes To Knock Squirrels Out
Emperor's Cup Fifth Round, Sat 15 Nov 08

Omiya Ardija 1-2 Nagoya Grampus

0-1 Johnsen 2'
1-1 Uchida 25'
1-2 Johnsen 34'

GK Ezumi
DF Tsukamoto
DF Leandro
DF Kataoka
DF Hato
MF Kanazawa (Yoshiyuki Kobayashi 66')
MF Saeki (Sakurai 74')
MF Daigo Kobayashi
MF Uchida
FW Fujimoto (Tokita 81')
FW Lavric

Subs not used

GK Aratani
DF Tanaka
MF Saito
FW Morita


Y Uchida 40'

Full match report to follow
【2008/11/15 14:52】 2008 Match Reports | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(0)
Squirrels Stride Towards Safety
J1 Game 31, Sat 08 Nov 08

Omiya Ardija 2-1 Kawasaki Frontale

1-0 Fujimoto 26'
1-1 Mori 35'
2-1 Lavric 77'

GK Ezumi (8)
DF Tsukamoto (7)
DF Leandro (7)
DF Tomita (7)
DF Hato (7)
MF Kanazawa (6) (Yoshiyuki Kobayashi 58') (6)
MF Saeki (8) (Tokita 76')
MF Kataoka (8)
MF Uchida (8)
FW Fujimoto (9) (Saito 84')
FW Lavric (8)

Subs not used

GK Aratani
DF Tanaka
FW Morita
FW Sakurai


Y Kataoka 67'
Y Saeki 72'

Yet another crucial game took place this weekend in the fight to avoid relegation for Omiya Ardija - and the Squirrels certainly rose to the challenge, with a gritty display in a very entertaining match against title contenders Kawasaki Frontale. Despite the suspension of midfield star Daigo Kobayashi and the continued absence through injury of key forward Denis Marques, coach Yasuhiro Higuchi's pre-match orders were clearly the same as those he gave prior to the win over JEF United two weeks ago: "Attack!".

And attack Ardija did. Chikara Fujimoto in particular had a breathtaking game to commemorate his 300th league appearance and nearly grabbed the lead after a mazy run past three defenders, although his rather tame left-foot effort was easy enough for Frontale's heckled ex-Squirrels keeper Eiji Kawashima. Alongside Fujimoto up front, Klemen Lavric put himself about all match and was a constant threat to the Kawasaki defence. He nearly scored in the first half, but failed to control the ball when less than six yards out and it rebounded safely to Kawashima.

Omiya took the lead in the 26th minute through a nice bit of skill from Tomoya Uchida. He backheeled a pass for Lavric to strike the foot of the post from eighteen yards out - but the rebound fell straight into the path of Fujimoto, who tapped in from close range and celebrated his goal in characteristic style. The home side pressed for a second, but nine minutes later were stopped in their tracks by a quite brilliant goal from Yusuke Mori. Lavric headed a clearance seemingly to safety about 35 yards out but straight on to the right boot of the Frontale midfielder, who absolutely nailed a perfect volley that went like an exocet into Koji Ezumi's top left-hand corner.

The second half started off in the same vein as the first, although with more possession for the visitors. The ever-dangerous Juninho had a powerful shot turned around the post by Ezumi and they continued to put the Squirrels' goal under pressure. Nevertheless, at the other end Kawashima had to make a brilliant fingertip save from Fujimoto's overhead kick and then produced a spectacular leap to deny Yosuke Kataoka, whose right foot piledriver seemed destined for the top corner.

But the winner came from Lavric and what a goal it was. Taishi Tsukamoto crossed from the right and the ball fell to the Slovenian forward in space just inside the Frontale box. In one motion he flicked the ball up with his right foot and then crashed a volley round the defender, over the helpless Kawashima into the top left-hand corner of the net. Cue delirium on the terraces and the realisation that if Omiya keep on playing like this they will still be in J1 next season. Great game.
【2008/11/08 15:55】 2008 Match Reports | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(13)
Squirrels Through As Lavric Hits The Mark
Emperor's Cup Fourth Round, Sun 02 Nov 08

Omiya Ardija 1-0 Cerezo Osaka

1-0 Lavric 61'

GK Ezumi (7)
DF Tsukamoto (7)
DF Leandro (7)
DF Tomita (6)
DF Tanaka (6)
MF Kanazawa (6) (Yoshiyuki Kobayashi 45') (7) (Sakurai 79')
MF Saeki (8)
MF Kataoka (6)
MF Uchida (6) (Yoshihara 85')
FW Fujimoto (6)
FW Lavric (6)

Subs not used

GK Aratani
DF Murayama
MF Saito
FW Morita


Y Fujimoto 80'
Y Lavric 84'

A little over 3500 hardy souls attended the Emperor's Cup Fourth Round game with J2 dwellers Cerezo Osaka in splendid Sunday afternoon weather - although the football on display was hardly as pleasing. Coach Yasuhiro Higuchi put out a strong line-up, with only Daigo Kobayashi missing from the available first-teamers and, given that Daigo is not able to play against Kawasaki Frontale next weekend, it seemed as if Higuchi wanted to try out a few ideas in preparation for yet another game that is critical to the future of the club.

The Squirrels' boss must surely have come away disappointed despite the win, as the old failings of poor passing and an inability to create decent scoring opportunities came to the fore once again. The aggressive and dynamic football displayed in the first half against JEF United was forgotten, as Omiya looked directionless and lacking in cohesion. In the first half, Ardija were restricted to long-range Taishi Tsukamoto free kicks that were easily saved by Cerezo goalkeeper Hiromasa Yamamoto. There was one scare at the other end but the Squirrels' blushes were spared by some quick thinking from Naoya Saeki, who cleared upfield from inside the goal area.

Omiya were much better in the second half and probably edged the victory through their more aggressive play. The goal came just after the hour, when Tomoya Uchida crossed from the left on to the head of Klemen Lavric, who headed past Yamamoto from about eight yards out. The Slovenian, scoring for the first time since the mid-September loss to FC Tokyo, didn't even bother to celebrate properly summing up the general ambivalence of players and fans alike to the afternoon. There were a few other chances for the likes of Saeki and Yosuke Kataoka through the usual long strikes ploy and Ardija held on to claim a place against Nagoya Grampus in the next round.

Cerezo had a number of players who appeared capable enough of doing a good job for a J1 team and there would be room enough at Omiya Park for Rui Komatsu, Kaio and Gilton. But the Squirrels club captain Yoshiyuki Kobayashi looks done for the season, as he got carried off near the end of the game after coming on as a half-time substitute himself.
【2008/11/02 14:50】 2008 Match Reports | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(6)
It's Game On As Squirrels Bounce Back
J1 Game 30, Sun 26 Oct 08

Omiya Ardija 2-1 JEF United

0-1 Yazawa 20'
1-1 Daigo Kobayashi 35'
2-1 Fujimoto 47'

GK Ezumi (6)
DF Tsukamoto (7)
DF Leandro (8)
DF Tomita (7)
DF Hato (6)
MF Kanazawa (8)
MF Daigo Kobayashi (9)
MF Kataoka (7)
MF Uchida (7) (Tokita 85')
FW Fujimoto (8) (Saito 69') (6)
FW Lavric (7) (Morita 79')

Subs not used

GK Aratani
DF Tanaka
FW Ichikawa
FW Sakurai


Y Daigo Kobayashi 28'
Y Lavric 71'
R Hato 87'
Y Morita 89'
Y Leandro 89'

Omiya Ardija are officially back in the mix after Sunday's crucial win over JEF United and the team thoroughly deserved all three points, after an extremely encouraging display that totally belied their position in the league. Every player wearing the orange shirt give it their all and the Squirrels were at Chiba's throats from the very off. Coach Yasuhiro Higuchi kept faith with youngster Taishi Tsukamoto in defence and moved Daigo Kobayashi into the middle following the suspension of Naoya Saeki.

In a quite startling beginning to the game Omiya dominated possession, winning virtually every tackle and peppering the visitors' goal with shots from Daigo Kobayashi, Tomoya Uchida and Chikara Fujimoto. Daigo had an excellent game and looked the answer to Ardija's dearth of creativity in central midfield. He was all over the place and was one of the main reasons why the Squirrels were able to bring to an end their losing streak.

Despite bossing the opening twenty minutes, Omiya fell behind when Yasuhiro Hato got caught in possession by the fast and tricky Masaki Fukai, who waltzed his way to the byline before squaring for Tatsuya Yazawa to beat Koji Ezumi from inside the eighteen-yard box. Thankfully, unlike as in some other games Ardija didn't give in at this point and, willed on by a vociferous crowd and a very animated home bench, a quarter of an hour later the Squirrels scored a brilliant equaliser.

Taishi Tsukamoto's corner evaded everyone before falling to Uchida in the left wing position and the ex-Yokohama FC man sent in a cross for Daigo to skillfully volley left-footed past JEF keeper Masahiro Okamoto. The Squirrels continued to force the play until half time and went in unlucky not to be in front. Two minutes after the restart, Omiya scored their second and ultimately the winner. Klemen Lavric was fouled in the area and Fujimoto fired in the penalty, only for the referee to ask for it to be re-taken due to encroachment. Chikara chose almost the same place as with the first kick to give Ardija the lead.

And the home side continued to press for another goal, almost getting caught out a few times - especially when Kohei Kudo totally miskicked when looking a certainty to score. Hato got sent off near the end for denying a scoring opportunity and he then almost came to blows with Leandro - the two team-mates had to be forcibly seperated after the Brazilian central defender remonstrated with him for getting caught in possession. Ultimately, though, only Daigo getting booked and thereby suspended for the Kawasaki Frontale fixture in two weeks' time soured a terrific performance, match and result. Game on!
【2008/10/26 19:09】 2008 Match Reports | TRACKBACK(0) | COMMENT(10)
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