J.LEAGUE YBC Levain CUP
GROUP STAGE / 2nd Sec
Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0 Vegalta Sendai
Saturday March 27th 2 pm
Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Miyagi
S-PULSE GOALS Yuito Suzuki(70)
DF Elsinho, Tatsuta, Suzuki, Fukumori
MF Kaneko, Miyamoto, Kawai, Nishizawa
FW Disaro', Goto
Keita Nakamura on for Yosuke Kawai(54)
Katsuhiro Nakayama on for Shota Kaneko(62)
Ryo Okui on for Elsinho(62)
Akira Silvano Disaro' on for Yuito Suzuki(62)
Hiroshi Ibusuki on for Yusuke Goto(73)
A very important win for many reasons!
-We take an option on the second spot of our group with 3 matches home and 1 match away left, which should make qualification for the playoffs easier.
-“Second-string players” are gradually getting accustomed to the new team strategy system, ensuring plenty of backup in case of injuries or suspension.
-Young players are proving their worth, for a bright future.
Truth to tell, it was a gritty win probably won again by the defense.
The first half saw some contained domination from Sendai whose only chance was a missed golden opportunity in the 45th minute. The second half saw a full substitution for S-pulse for a more attacking side.
It paid off in the 72th minute with an individual exploit by teeneager Yuito Suzuki who blocked a pass in his own half to run all the way to the opposite goal before coolly shooting home through the legs of the last defender. His first goal as a professional coming at the best of times! After that a solid defense took over and saw the day safely.
Next Sunday, it is at last back home for a J1 League match against newly-promoted Tokushima Vortis. Fans should have a good day!
Meiji Yasuda J1 League
Shimizu S-Pulse 2-1 Tokushima Vortis
Sunday April 4th 2:00pm
IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka