J1 vs Sagan Tosu: Match Report

Stopped Tosu's clean sheet record with Okuno's golazo. Raised to 3rd place with 4 consecutive wins at home.


The Meiji Yasuda Seimei J1 League had been restarted after the national team match week. In this section as the only Friday night game this season, Cerezo Osaka received Sagan Tosu who had not lost any games so far with 4 wins and 2 draws.

Since Tatsuhiro Sakamoto and Riki Harakawa, who had been in the starters for seven games in a row until the previous section, left for the injury, the attention was paid to who would be the starters, and Naoyuki Fujita entered the anchor and Jun Nishikawa was in the right side half where Sakamoto left.
Taishi Matsumoto and Hiroto Yamada also joined the substitute members for the first time this season and waited for their turn from the bench.

Tosu, who had finished 6 games as a clean sheet so far, had reduced the time for defense by actively holding the ball and dominating the game, instead of solidifying the defense, and as a result, they kept the lost point zero. In this section as well, Tosu was holding the ball from the start, but Cerezo also actively pressed from the front, and from the middle they firmly dealt with it keeping a compact formation to be set.

In the attack, in the 4th minute Yuta Toyokawa diverted the ball trajectory in the near side to Nishikawa's FK, and Yoshito Okubo reacted from the far side and shook the net, but it was no goal for offside. In the 13th minute, Okubo threw a shot from the connection in the center, and in the 20th minute, Nishikawa dribbled and shot. Boldly he aimed for the goal. In the additional time of the first half, Hiroshi Kiyotake had a chance to shoot from Fujita's long throw, but this was blocked by the DF.

After finishing the first half at 0-0, the game immediately moved at the beginning of the second half. Starting with Cerezo's kick-off, Ayumu Seko fed a long pass after receiving the back pass from Okubo. It was Hiroaki Okuno who responded to the second ball that Toyokawa competed. He left his opponent with a first touch to make a shooting course, then swung his right foot and the ball pierced into the goal. Cerezo succeeded in the opener with the one to stop the consecutive clean sheet record from the season opening for Tosu. Then they stole the ball at a high position in the 49th minute, and Toyokawa shot at the end.

In the 64th minute, there was a scene where Eduardo's header hit the crossbar from Tosu's CK, but as the match progressed at Cerezo's pace, in the 77th minute, Tosu's Hwang Seok-Ho left the pitch for the second yellow card of the match. With this, Cerezo got a numerical advantage, but when they became passive a little bit, Tosu made chances in a row from then to the end of the game. Even so, they prevented the lost point with GK Kim Jin Hyeon’s good save, and the time was up.

Cerezo still had some lessons in carrying the game in the last minutes, but they won against Tosu, who had been undefeated in six matches since the opening, 1-0 and achieved 4 consecutive home wins. They overtook Tosu, whom they were chasing by one point difference before the game, and moved up to 3rd place.