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【MATCH REPORT】Gamba Osaka 1-1 S-PULSE

2017.05.07

【MATCH REPORT】Gamba Osaka 1-1 S-PULSE

Gamba Osaka 1-1 S-PULSE
Suita Stadium


S-PULSE GOALS Tiago 49
YELLOW CARDS None
RED CARDS None
ATTENDANCE 31948


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GK Rokutan
DF Kamata, Inukai, Futami, Matsubara
MF Musaka, Takeuchi, Edamura, Shirasaki, Tiago
FW Tese


SUBSTITUTIONS

Murata on for Edamura (60)
Notsuda on for Takeuchi (78)
Duke on for Tiago (82)


REPORT

A bumper Golden Week crowd took to G. Osaka’s shiny new Suita Stadium on Friday, with the masses treated to an exciting end to end game which could have been won by either side. However when referee Hiroyuki Kimura brought the afternoon to a close, 1-1 was a fair reflection of the balance of play. Credit was due to Kobayashi’s team who had matched an Osaka team which had trounced Omiya 6-0 in their previous home league tie.

The first half ended with the deadlock unbroken, Tese having gone closest for the travelling team, but within minutes of the restart Matsubara showed again why he’s been attracting plaudits this season. The number 25’s speed and hard work saw him dance around Oh Jae-suk, and before being brought down was able to lay the ball off to Shirasaki. Shirasaki lofted a cross towards Tiago who, free from the inconvenience of any defenders, had all the time he needed to tee up a volley into the back of the net.

The minutes that followed saw an onslaught of white shirts towards the home goal, with Higashiguchi working wonders to deny Tese and Tiago from doubling the lead. Those missed opportunities would have played on orange minds at the final whistle, because the next goal came from a blue shirt, and Kurata’s 57th minute strike was the last goal net action of the game.

When the referee called time it was S-Pulse who had chalked up the most shots, but with Kenta Hasegawa’s team always a threat, all things considered it was point well earned. Another strong performance away from home was well appreciated not only by the sold out away end, but also the 1000 plus supporters who had gathered at Shimizu Station for the live match streaming event.

Despite the solid away record, a first home league win of the season has continued to elude the team, something they will be eager to put to rights when Tosu come to town on May 14th. Before that comes round five of the Levain Cup group stage, and with local rivals Iwata the guests, it should be an evening to remember!

Forza S-Pulse!


NEXT GAME

Levain Cup Group Stage, Game 5
S-PULSE vs Jubilo Iwata
Wednesday May 10th, 7pm
IA I Stadium Stadium, Shizuoka


NEXT LEAGUE GAME

Meiji Yasuda J1 League Match Day 11
S-PULSE vs Sagan Tosu
Sunday May 14th, 1pm
IA I Stadium Stadium, Shizuoka