“I am very happy to have such a great result before the interruption period starts. So glad to be able to manage the multiple scores like that in front of many supporters, and I would love to share this happiness with them.
In the 1st half, we struggled a bit by not getting into a rhythm. But we started the 2nd half with a very high concentration, and managed to score a goal. Then we didn’t satisfy with just one goal but kept trying to get more goals, and that must have made us result to the multiple goals. We have a great flow at the moment, and it’s important to keep it. The interruption period is starting now, and it’ll be important to have a good preparation for continuing to play well after the break too.”
Q: About your achievement of conducting the 100th game in J1 league, that you previously said ‘it doesn’t matter’, please tell us your feeling of having the milestone game with such a great victory.
“It’s really doesn’t matter to me. A hundred games doesn’t have much meaning, but there will be more games to come, so I would like to prepare simply, to get ready for it.”
■ Yoichiro Kakitani
“It was a hot day but everyone moved well, especially Ryuji (Sawakami), he came in as a substitute and blocked well at the front. He also probably made 3 assists for the goals, and I think, like our previous game against Vissel Kobe, when substitute players play well, it means the team is in a good condition.”
Q: You couldn’t manage to score in the 1st half, didn’t it make you feel desperate?
“Both of the teams were tied, counter attacks from the opponent were quite severe, and to be honest, we were lacking our concentration, so we have some issues to sort out, but we were saved by Kim JinHyeon. It could have been better if we tried to eliminate the opponent’s positive actions and played. The both teams showed own positive plays, and earning an opening goal by a penalty-kick was a kind of luck. It probably decided the fate of the game.”
A great victory against Albirex Niigata by solid defence and 4 goals in the 2nd half! Celebrated Yoon Jung-Hwan’s the 100th game in J1 as a manager with the win.
Cerezo Osaka faced the 1st game in June, the 14th round in J1 league. They invited Albirex Niigata, the 17th in the league at home at Kincho Stadium.
Under the beautiful blue sky, the day game kicked off at 15:00. The temperature rose up to 30.5℃ (87F) by the beating sun. The match started in the weather almost like a summer day, and became a war of attrition.
After 0-0 scoreless 1st half, Cerezo was struggling to get onto their rhythm for first 15 minutes of the 2nd half. Then the manager Yoon Jung-Hwan made an action. “Soccer has flow, and when the flow was bad, obviously you must change the flow, so I made the substitution” (by Yoon). At 65th minute, Yoon sent Ryuji Sawakami substitute to Kenyu Sugimoto who was one of core players at the front line. Then, like a reply to it, the flow started to run towards Cerezo. From the play that Sawakami was also involved, Cerezo got corner-kicks in a row, then Matej Jonjic was knocked down by opponent’s defender in front of the goal and earned a penalty-kick. Yoichiro Kakitani took the PK, he observed the Niigata’s goalkeeper Tatsuya Morita’s movement until the last second and faked the shot to the other side and scored calmly.
This one goal gave Cerezo the momentum. Since then, they made the most of set-play, one of their weapons of this season. At 73rd minute, a free-kick by Souza created a contention in front of the goal, then Kota Mizunuma made a carefully controlled left cross out from there that was received by Tatsuya Yamashita at far side. He shot the ball with a header with power of his whole body and shook the opponent’s goal nets. That was the 1st goal of the season by the defence leader Yamashita, and made Cerezo unstoppable. At 80th minute, Kakitani made a quick restart in an unguarded moment when Cerezo earned a free-kick at left side. Yamamura reacted immediately and struck the ball by toe-kick pierced into the other side of the goal in front of Niigata’s goalkeeper who came out to save. The number 24 Yamamura executed 3rd goal of 3 consecutive games. And the closing goal came at 86th minute. Souza executed the free-kick earned by himself directory into the goal, and it was also his 1st goal of the season too. At the end, Cerezo swept with massive 4 goals, they also defended persistent without losing any goals, and achieved the 4 consecutive league victories 1st time in this season. They won all the 8 regular games at home Kincho Stadium this season. The Macca of Cherry blossoms had a full of excitement and delight of the supporters again.