Cerezo Osaka U-23 0 – 1 Blaublitz Akita
Competition: Meiji Yasuda J3 League MD1
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 14:00 JST
Venue: Yanmar Stadium Nagai
Cerezo Osaka U-23 Lineup
GK: Shu Mogi
DF: Kakeru Funaki, Masaki Okino, Reiya Morishita, Ryoga Ishio
MF: Rei Yonezawa, Toshiki Onozawa, Masataka Nishimoto (Naoya Uozato – 84′), Osmar
FW: Hiroto Yamada (Motohiko Nakajima – 73′), Mizuki Ando (Hirofumi Yamauchi – 73′)
Blaublitz Akita Lineup
GK: Keiki Shimizu
DF: Naoyuki Yamada, Shuhei Hotta, Han Hogang
MF: Naoto Hiraishi, Kyohei Maeyama (Masaya Yuma – 90′), Tomofumi Fujiyama, Ryota Nakamura, Ken Hisatomi, Hiroyuki Furuta (Takuma Aoshima – 90′)
FW: Tomohiro Tanaka (Yoshihito Fujita – 81′)
Thoughts in a few paragraphs…
Cerezo Osaka U-23 lost to last year’s league champions Blaublitz Akita in the J3 League opener yesterday with the only goal being scored from a combination mistake on the side of Cerezo Osaka U-23.
Although I watched only 45 minutes of the game yet as the first team also had a game from 15:00, two players I especially wanted to watch, Osmar and Mizuki Ando, already stood out in the first half. Osmar, in his first game since joining on loan from FC Seoul, played in the defensive midfield. He is tall, his stride is long, and he always prefers to kick with left foot. These characteristics somewhat reminded me of former Cerezo midfielder Takahiro Ogihara.
Mizuki Ando, regarded as one of the best strikers in his generation, also started for the first time in his professional career and played in the forward with Hiroto Yamada. He was powerful and aggressive. He repeatedly tried to dribble past defenders and make shots. Although he wasn’t able to get a concrete result yesterday, I felt he’s already good enough to play as a starter at least in the J3 League.