Kawasaki Frontale 2-3 Cerezo Osaka
Yamaguchi (26′), Kiyotake (48′), Kobayashi (51′), Takagi (78′), Okubo (90’+2)
Competition: Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2018
Date: February 10, 2018
Venue: Saitama Stadium 2002
Cerezo Osaka Lineup
GK: Kim Jin-Hyeon
DF: Riku Matsuda, Yusuke Maruhashi (Yusuke Tanaka – 81′), Matej Jonjic, Tatsuya Yamashita
MF: Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kota Mizunuma (Takaki Fukumitsu – 64′), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Toshiyuki Takagi – 64′), Kazuya Yamamura
FW: Yoichiro Kakitani (Yang Dong-Hyun – 46′), Kenyu Sugimoto (Daichi Akiyama – 81′)
Kawasaki Frontale Lineup
GK: Jung Sung-Ryong
DF: Yusuke Tasaka (Hidemasa Morita – 52′), Tatsuki Nara, Shogo Taniguchi, Shintaro Kurumaya
MF: Eduardo Neto, Kentaro Moriya (Ryota Oshima – 46′), Kengo Nakamura (Yoshito Okubo – 46′), Akihiro Ienaga (Kei Chinen – 79′), Hiroyuki Abe (Tatsuya Hasegawa – 71′)
FW: Yu Kobayashi
Thoughts in a few paragraphs…
Cerezo Osaka made a good start of the new season with the Fuji Xerox Super Cup victory against J.League champions Kawasaki Frontale.
The difference between the two teams was obvious from the very beginning of the game. Cerezo gave us an impression that they are maintaining good form, or even getting better, from the last season. In the most part, their well-organized defense was hardly suffered by Kawasaki players including the top goalscorer of the last season Yu Kobayashi. They lost two goals today but they were from simple mistakes.
The combination between attacking players – Kakitani, Sugimoto, Kiyotake, and Mizunuma – was obviously good from the start. All of them came off the pitch during the game but it was not because of their performance but because the Super Cup is also an opportunity for the manager to see how new players can be integrated into the squad. Two of the new players who appeared today, Toshiyuki Takagi and Yang Dong-Hyun, also showed an impressive performance, which can be seen by watching Takagi’s goal set up by Yang’s excellent pass. Takagi wanted to “achieve good results soon and get recognition” from supporters, he said after the game. Sure he did.
Yang also could prove himself to some extent today. While he is not fully fit yet and himself admits he needs more time to improve the combination and learn more about Japanese football, today’s performance was a good sign signaling a possibility for his future success in Japan. “If I were asked whether I am confident, I’d say I have to be confident,” he told the press after the game.