Cerezo Osaka 3 – 3 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Sugimoto (27′), Takagi (43′), Chanathip (62′), Fukai (69′), Kakitani (72′), Shindo (79′)

Competition: Meiji Yasuda J1 League MD2
Date: March 2, 2018
Time: 19:00
Venue: Kincho Stadium

 

Cerezo Osaka Lineup

21
Kim
14
Maruhashi
15
Kimoto
22
Jonjic
2
Matsuda
13
Takagi
11
Souza
6
Yamaguchi
7
Mizunuma
8
Kakitani
9
Sugimoto

GK: Kim Jin-Hyeon
DF: Riku Matsuda, Yusuke Maruhashi, Yasuki Kimoto (Eiichi Katayama – 86′), Matej Jonjic
MF: Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kota Mizunuma, Souza
FW: Yoichiro Kakitani (Yang Dong-Hyun – 84′), Kenyu Sugimoto, Toshiyuki Takagi (Kazuya Yamamura – 68′)

 

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Lineup

25
Gu
5
Fukumori
20
Kim
35
Shindo
38
Suga
10
Miyazawa
8
Fukai
14
Komai
18
Chanathip
41
Miyoshi
48
Jay

GK: Gu Sung-Yun
DF: Ryosuke Shindo, Kim Min-Tae, Akito Fukumori
MF: Yoshiaki Komai (Ryota Hayasaka – 84′), Hiroki Miyazawa (Shingo Hyodo – 46′), Kazuki Fukai (Naoki Ishikawa – 82′), Daiki Suga, Koji Miyoshi, Chanathip
FW: Jay

 

Thoughts in a few paragraphs…

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Cerezo Osaka failed to earn 3 points after finishing the game against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in a 3-3 draw.

After a great season last year, winning 2 domestic cups as well as finishing in the third place in the league, Cerezo have been rated highly by football journalists and commentators. Meanwhile, Cerezo have a bad habit to perform poorly after a good season. In the last league game their performance was nothing close to perfect, so I had some concerns.

Cerezo made a fairly good start against Sapporo. In the first half, they had only a few dangerous moments while they ended the first half with a 2-0 lead after Kenyu Sugimoto scored his first goal of the season in the 27th minute and Toshiyuki Takagi, who set up Sugimoto’s goal, scored a goal himself against the team his former boss manages in the 43rd minute. I didn’t feel some awkwardness in their first half performance which I felt in the previous game and it made me think this might be a relatively easy game, to be honest.

But the second half was totally different. It is often said that 2-0 is a dangerous score and Cerezo demonstrated it. Their defense got far worse and allowed much more chances, including one leading to Thai star Chanathip’s first league goal in Japan, while they had less chance to score in the second half. Actually, Sapporo attackers like Chanathip and Miyoshi played really well. Although Yoichiro Kakitani gave Cerezo the lead again in the 72nd minute, Sapporo soon equalized with a goal from Shindo, and the game ended in a disappointing draw.