Kashiwa Reysol 1 – 1 Cerezo Osaka
Cristiano (4′), Souza (60′)

Competition: Meiji Yasuda J1 League MD3
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 15:00 JST
Venue: Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa 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 (Tatsuya Yamashita – 78′), Matej Jonjic
MF: Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kota Mizunuma, Souza
FW: Yoichiro Kakitani (Yang Dong-Hyun – 46′), Kenyu Sugimoto, Toshiyuki Takagi (Atomu Tanaka – 89′)

 

Kashiwa Reysol Lineup

23
Nakamura
3
Yun
5
Nakayama
22
Park
13
Koike
37
Hosogai
8
Koizumi
9
Cristiano
15
Kim
14
Ito
10
Esaka

GK: Kosuke Nakamura
DF: Ryuta Koike, Park Jeong-Su, Yuta Nakayama, Yun Suk-Young
MF: Kim Bo-Kyung, Kei Koizumi (Ryohei Yamazaki – 89′), Hajime Hosogai (Hidekazu Otani – 61′)
FW: Cristiano, Ataru Esaka (Yusuke Segawa – 79′), Junya Ito

 

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Cerezo Osaka started the 2018 season with three consecutive draws as the away game against Kashiwa Reysol ended in a 1-1 draw.

An early goal for Kashiwa created from a simple mistake put an unnecessary burden on Cerezo Osaka. Matej Jonjic’s pass was intercepted and Kashiwa’s Cristiano easily scored from Junya Ito’s cross, which was a nice one, in the 4th minute. Overall, Cerezo’s performance wasn’t as bad as in the previous games, or actually it might be good as captain Hotaru Yamaguchi said “Except for conceding a goal, we can take it positively. This is the third draw in three games but today’s result was much more meaningful than the last game (against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo)” after the game.

They had several decisive chances in both halves, such as when Kenyu Sugimoto aimed a shot between Kosuke Nakamura’s legs in the 7th minute and Kota Mizunuma tried to tap in a pass from Souza in the 37th minute, but they managed to equalize only when Souza scored from long distance in the 60th minute. It was truly magnificent and is worth being selected as the best goal of the month (or maybe of the year), but no more goals were scored and the game ended in a draw.

One concern is about Yoichiro Kakitani’s condition. He was replaced by Yang Dong-Hyun in the half time and probably it was because of an injury he reportedly got in a training session last Thursday. No information is available about it as far as I know, but if his condition is so serious that he needs some weeks for recovery, it will definitely be a blow to the team, especially since some attacking players were already injured.