S-PULSE 1-2 URAWA REDS
IAI Stadium Stadium, Shizuoka
S-PULSE GOALS Kakuta 30
YELLOW CARDS Kakuta 7, Futami 17, Hasegawa 52, Kamata 77
DF Kamata, Kakuta, Futami, Matsubara
MF Musaka, Takeuchi, Edamura, Duke, Kaneko
Kitagawa on for Hasegawa (68)
Shirasaki on for Edamura (71)
Murata on for Kaneko (80)
A tale of two halves!
The first half saw an enterprising if prudent S-Pulse soaking pressure and giving back as much. Urawa for all the chances they created did not manage a single shot on target while S-Pulse clinically converted one of their two shots with an opportunistic heading from Kakuta from a well-directed corner kick from the right. S-Pulse finished on high note and their fans were bubbling with expectation.
Unfortunately the second half saw S-Pulse inexplicably surrendering their whole misfield in a misled over defensive strategy forgetting the dangerous Urawa moves on both wings repeatedly taking the S-Pulse off guard. That negative approach resulted into two simple goals by the Urawa given far too much freedom and should have scored but for poor finishing. S-Pulse somewhat reacted too late with three clear chances all frustratingly ending wide or in confusion.
S-Pulse still has a cushion of 5 points above the red zone with 10 games left and the fight for survival will continue with a visit in neighboring Yamanashi Prefecture against fellow strugglers Ventforet Kofu. At the very least they need to secure a point, but with so many strikers unavailable through injury they will have to show more grit and intelligence!
But we are still all behind you! Your fans unwavering fans deserve Better!
NEXT LEAGUE GAME
Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Match day 25
S-PULSE vs VENTFORET KOFU
Saturday September 9th, 6pm
Chukin Stadium, Kofu