Monday, 14 May 2012

Last kick of the game sees Cerezo leave Shimizu with a draw

Yoichirou Kakitani opened the scoring for us after 15 minutes as Kempes managed to hit the post with an easy header as the Shimizu keeper Hayashi lost his bearings. Kakitani was there to knock in the rebound. It was an odd game, Shimizu could have gone top of J1 with a win but looked disjointed for most of the match until a late surge as they sensed the home fans weren't happy with the performance so far and the prospect of losing their unbeaten home record this season. Cerezo looked nervous and would have been happy with a point prior to the game but after spending most of the match in front must feel slightly downhearted. Bo-Kyung managed to make himself a bit of space for a shot in the first half but otherwise he and Kiyotake were relatively subdued. Kempes managed to completely mess up a one on one with the keeper, although he got himself into that position well, if he was more composed we could have come away with all three points (about 4mins into the highlights video). So with the very last kick of the game Australian Alex Brosque scrambled the ball home which left our keeper Jin-Hyeon down injured and our manager Soares upset with the officials. Japan manager Zaccheroni was at this game although he couldn't have been very impressed by what he saw.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Golden Week matches in Sapporo and a Kansai Derby

Pictures and statistics only for these games...too depressing to write about!

Consadole Sapporo 1 - 0 Cerezo

Yusuke Kondo 25'

More J1 cheerleaders a welcome distraction
on a windy matchday

Away support in the Atsubestu Park Stadium

Are they really Lawson staff I wonder?
Consadole fans enjoyed their first win in J1 this season

Cerezo Osaka 1 - 2 Vissel Kobe

Kim Bo-Kyung 40' Pen         Takayuki Yoshida 35' Pen
                                               Takuya Nozawa 69'

Penalty for Kobe

Penalty for Cerezo

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

3-2 again but this time Cerezo win!

Extended higlights taken from the mainstand at Kincho

Jubilo pulled back two goals in the last 5 minutes but the game should have been over as a contest with Kempes missing two easy chances in either half and Kakitani also being wasteful on one occasion. Kiyotake scored a lucky first with a mis-hit shot then another Olympic bound Cerezo midfielder, Ogihara, added the second as the Jubilo defence looked shaky. Bo-Kyung (heading to London 2012 with Korea) continues to play out of his skin though which is nice as he got our 3rd of the night. Some news from our last away game against Kashima Antlers. The plastic bottle throwing fans have been banned for life while the Cerezo team bus kicking supporters have been banned for five games. Next game is in Sapporo on Thursday as it's Golden Week followed by a Kansai Derby vs Kobe in Osaka on Sunday.

Jubilo fans in the tiny away section

Just over 12,000 for this game

Detective Conan's half-time appearance

Kiyotake with Kakitani, as Kiyotake goes to Nuremburg
this summer Kakitani will be looking to take his place.