Buriram United 2 – 0 Cerezo Osaka
Andrés Túñez (2′), Edgar (54′)

Competition: AFC Champions League Group Stage MD3
Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 20:00
Venue: Buriram Stadium

 

Cerezo Osaka Lineup

27
Tanno
5
Y. Tanaka
23
Yamashita
3
Moniwa
20
Sakemoto
25
Yamauchi
26
Akiyama
24
Yamamura
32
A. Tanaka
34
Yamada
18
Yang

GK: Kenta Tanno
DF: Teruyuki Moniwa (Eiichi Katayama – 57′), Yusuke Tanaka, Noriyuki Sakemoto (Kakeru Funaki – 78′), Tatsuya Yamashita
MF: Kazuya Yamamura, Hirofumi Yamauchi, Daichi Akiyama, Atomu Tanaka
FW: Yang Dong-Hyun, Hiroto Yamada (Mizuki Ando – 87′)

 

Buriram United Lineup

GK: Sivarak Tedsungnoen
DF: Pansa Hemviboon, Andrés Túñez, Yoo Jun-Su
MF: Praweenwat Boonyong, Jakkaphan Kaewprom, Korrakot Wiriya-Udomsiri, Narubodin Weerawatnodom, Rattanakorn Maikami (Supachai Jaided – 90′)
FW: Supachok Sarachart (Sasalak Haiprakhon – 79′), Edgar (Anon Amornlerdsak – 90’+4)

 

Thoughts in a few paragraphs…

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The ACL match against Thai League champions Buriram United ended in an awful defeat for Cerezo Osaka.

It might be one of the worst games in the recent years. In a totally different weather conditions, the squad filled mostly with backup and U-23 players showed a poor performance. When they have difficulty in even kicking the ball as they intend to, a defeat is just a natural result.

If I have to find something positive, 17-year-old forward Hiroto Yamada (whose 18th birthday is today), who was just promoted from the academy and made his professional debut yesterday, played relatively well. He had a few chances to score, he failed to do so but he will hopefully learn from this experience to become a good player in the future. “I kicked the ball with the outside of my left foot, the timing delayed, and the course of the shot wasn’t bad,” Yamada told the official media after the game, “but I felt that shot being saved suggests what professional football is like.”

I am very disappointed with their performance but I don’t necessarily want to condemn them. We don’t need to win all games to go through the group stage. The team have to play a league game this weekend, so bringing the best players to Thailand wasn’t realistic. So disappointed, but not so mad or pessimistic.