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!