J1 vs Urawa Reds: Match Review

After Shimizu game, Cerezo displayed remarkable recovery. Toshiyuki Takagi’s goal saved Cerezo.

One minute after the kick-off, Hotaru Yamaguchi jumped out to send Fukumitsu’s pass to the front of the goal post, where Kenyu Sugimo met it with his header, which went wide. Soza and Takagi attempted on the 4th minute and the 7th minute. On the 8th minute, Cerezo scored the opening goal. Sugimoto attempted a middle range shot from outside the box, which was parried by the Urawa goalkeeper, Shusaku Nishikawa. It brought Cerezo a chance for a corner kick. However, Nishikawa parried Souza’s inswinging cross, but Takagi picked up the deflected ball and prodded it home. Soon after that, No13, Takagi, who belonged to Urawa for the last three years, dashed straight to the Cerezo bench to share his joy with the other members.

Cerezo’s defense appeared to play better than the last game against Shimizu, as a combination of Kazuya Yamamura and Sugimoto was newly installed as a 2 uptop. They played a high-line to get the second ball. Prior to the game, Maruhashi commented: “ We will play compact and take an advantage for that. ” On the 16th minute, another chance arrived. After Maruhashi’s cross, Yamamura chested the ball, split the defenders and dribbled to the goalpost, which went wide.

On the 36th minute, Urawa’s new player, Fabricio’s shot nearly hit the net, but the Cerezo goalkeeper brilliantly saved it. During the first half, Urawa held possession for some time, but Cerezo never gave away any chance to the opponents. In the first half, Cerezo managed to take the lead with a clean sheet.

In the second half, Cerezo took the first chance. On the 46th minute,
The waiting Fukumitsu at an opposite side chested a long ball from Takagi, and dropped it to allow Matsuda to pick it up. He delivered a cross to find Sugimoto in the centre, but was saved by Nishikawa. Cerezo wrecked a decisive chance to extend their lead.

Late on, Urawa kept the ball and threatened over and over. Hard time continued, with Takagi admitting that after an interception, we could not make the most of the chance.” However, Yoon’s instruction given during a break, “Play patiently” kept them strong, and never allowed Urawa to score any goals. On the 78th minute, an Urawa’s set play, their strong arsenal, equalized against Cerezo.

During additional-time, Cerezo continued to chase the game with the hope of more goals. Just before the whistle was blown, Mateji Jonjic met Maruhashi’s cross with his header, and it hit the cross bar, Sugimoto picked the loose ball, blasted a shot, which was saved by Nishikawa. The game ended with a 1-1 draw.