【MATCH REPORT】S-PULSE 1-1 Sagan Tosu
S-PULSE 1-1 Sagan Tosu
IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka
S-PULSE GOALS Tiago 23
YELLOW CARDS Musaka 72, Kakuda 90+6
RED CARDS None
DF Kamata, Inukai, Futami, Matsubara
MF Musaka, Takeuchi, Edamura, Shirasaki, Tiago
Kakuda on for Inukai (71)
Kaneko on for Tiago (76)
Notsuda on for Edamura (84)
New signing Tiago Alves continued his rise to prominence as one of J1’s most feared forwards with another fine performance, topped by arguably the J. League’s goal of the weekend. When the Brazilian crashed home the afternoon’s opener, Nihondaira rose as one to salute what ranks among the best goals scored at IAI Stadium in recent memory. Tiago’s 23rd minute screamer was the culmination of the first quarter of the match in which the visitors were subjected to an almost ceaseless flood of pressure. Shimizu began strong, their dominance only increasing as the game progressed. The only surprise when an orange shirt notched up a goal was just how good the effort was.
While the number 8’s wonder strike gave the 14000 assembled S-Pulse fans a moment to remember, it also served to spark the Kyushu team into life. The hour that followed was largely characterised by Tosu’s turquoise pressing for an equalizer. However, S-Pulse held firm, and with time running out Sagan’s increasingly fraught attempts to level the score included sending goalkeeper Gonda up field for an extended period. It was all seemingly to no avail until Ficcadenti’s team eventually found the goal they were looking for. As the clock ticked over to 94 minutes, it was Shimizu born and bred Koki Mizuno who finally breached Rokutan’s goal. Referee Tojo blew the whistle, the spoils were shared, and the pocket of travelling fans was rewarded with a souvenir point to take the 1000km back down south.
Saturday sees the lads back on the road as they look to continue their enviable away form. Urawa vs Shimizu is a fixture that has repeatedly borne fruit over the years, with S-Pulse having won away in Saitama city four times in their last eight league visits, tasting defeat just twice, and even then only by one goal. The team and fans alike will be hoping for another memorable afternoon north of the capital, so if you don’t have a ticket be sure to join us on our Twitter feed @spulse_eng to keep up to date with the day as it unfolds.
Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Match Day 12
Urawa Red Diamonds vs S-PULSE
Saturday May 20th, 2pm
Saitama Stadium 2002