Meiji Yasuda Seimei J1 League 29th section, the away game against Oita Trinita, aiming for victory for the first time in 5 games. Cerezo Osaka changed three starters from the previous section. Yusuke Maruhashi and Hiroaki Okuno were back, and Bruno Mendes was the starting player for the first time in 5 games.
In the first half, Cerezo countered Oita's buildup with a mirror game of [3-4-2-1]. Bruno Mendes, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto and Hiroshi Kiyotake pressed from the front line, and Eiichi Katayama and Yusuke Maruhashi corresponded to Oita's wingback on both sides. When they stopped the opponent’s attack, they succeeded in the opener in 10th minutes. They picked up the second ball of FK, and Naoyuki Fujita passed to the space. Bruno Mendes kept the ball on the left side while being surrounded by two defensemen, and when he made a starting point, he connected it with Okuno and Sakamoto who came to support, and finally Kiyotake received Sakamoto's drop and made a shot. Fortunately, the course changed when it hit the defense, and it shook the net.
Cerezo, who auspiciously started the game, could "carry the game as we wanted in offense and defense" (Manager Lotina) while taking a variable system of offense and defense. The second goal scene was not born, but the first half was finished without giving the opponents a definitive scene on defensive side.
In the second half, Cerezo turned to the defensive with the final line pushed down in front of Oita, who changed players from the start and attacked more aggressively. They received several crosses from both of side of Oita who was taking the high position, but they bounced back firmly inside and did not allow to shoot in a good shape. However, in 77th minutes, Oita had a scoring chance that they reacted with the heading to the cross from the right side. It was the biggest pinch for Cerezo in this match, but GK Kim Jin Hyeon reached out his right hand and stopped shooting. He never allowed the tie bullets.
Cerezo, who escaped the difficulty with the guardian deity's super block, put in Yuta Toyokawa in 81st minutes. Immediately after changing the flow with this substitution, from the long-throw of Katayama, Toyokawa, who had just entered, got the scoring chance with reacting to Riku Matsuda’s cross with his heading, but it was slightly out of the frame. In 86th minutes, Toyokawa shot with all his might and aimed for the goal. And, also in 86th minutes, Bruno Mendes, who had shown an outstanding play on the front line, was replaced. Yoichiro Kakitani, who entered in his place, also kept the ball firmly on the front line. After advancing the hands of the clock, the match was closed without allowing Oita to make a chance including additional time. They obtained 3 winning points for the first time in 5 games and moved up 2 places to 4th place.