Emperor’s Cup 3rd Round Results

15 Oct

Here is a quick rundown of the results from last night’s games in the Emperor’s Cup. The starting XI formations will be posted shortly. Of our local teams, Vissel Kobe and Tokushima Vortis progressed to the next round, while Kyoto Sanga bowed out to J1 opponents.

Vissel Kobe 1-0 JEF United

Watanabe’s first half goal as enough to see the home team through against the J2 team.

Albirex Niigata 1-2 Vortis

Ishii and Yu Hasegawa goals helped the J2 team overcome struggling Albirex.

Kawasaki Frontale 3-0 Sanga

Yoshito Okubo and co. were too much for Sanga, but the J2 team kept the game close until last into the second half.

Tamada helps Cerezo ease past Giravanz

11 Oct

Cerezo 1-0 Giravanz Kitakyushu

The return of Keiji Tamada from injury, was enough to help Cerezo claim all three points against valiant Giravanz.


Cerezo looking for their first win in three games, eventually claimed the three points their play deserved when Yusuke Tanaka headed home Tamada’s free kick in the second half. It was good see Tanaka get his first goal for the teams, after spening most of last week’s game against Avispa struggling to contain Japan U-22s Takeshi Kanamori and Masashi Kamekawa. He rose at the far post to nod home sub Tamada’s testing free kick on the hour. The introductions of Keiji for the disappointing Magno Cruz, at half time, turned the game, with his trusty left foot have ing already created unease in the Kitakyushu defense a couple of time before Cerezo finally got their goal.

The visitors had had the better of the opening 45 minutes, and home team were thankful to Tanno for a good save midway through the half to deny Giravanz. The win leaves Cerezo four points off the automatic promotion slot with six games to go. They will be hoping that Jubilo continue to throw away points in the closing stages, but must also rely on third-placed Fukuoka to slip up.

Kansai J2 Round-up for 13 September

15 Sep

Vortis 0-0 V-Varen Nagasaki

The Teams


Vortis Subs: Aizawa, Uchida (Eto 77′), Hashiuchi, Osaki (Tomo Hirose 84′), Saito, Sasaki, Yu Hasegawa (Tsuda 71′)

Nagasaki (Subs): Okubo, Yon-Jick Lee, Maeda, Cho, Miki (Furube 79′), Kurogi, Inoue, Kanzaki, Kajikawa (Yong Jae Lee 75′), Azuma (Sato 66′), Kimura


Vortis had the better of a fairly even first half, but only Yu Eto’s strike from the edge of the box troubled the ‘keeper. Thereafter, it was Toru Hasegawa who was the busier goalie, forced to make several good saves in the second half to prevent the visitors taking the lead.

Cerezo 4-1 Tochigi SC

The Teams


Cerezo Subs: Takeda, Nakazawa (Yamashita 79′), Tanaka, Kusukami, Yoshino (Tamada 85′), Magno Cruz, Edmilson (Tashiro 85′)

Tochigi (Subs): Takeshige, Arabori, Joo Yong Lee, Hee Hoon Han, Nakano, Hirose (Johnathan 60′), Homma, Onodera (Kan 27′), Nakami, Sakano (Kawamoto 69′), Kaneko

Scorers: Cerezo; Tamada 18′, 67′ Pablo 22′, Tashiro 42′, Tochigi; Kawamoto 90+3′


An entertaining first half saw Cerezo go in at half time with a 3-0 lead, with Keiji Tamada calmly chipping the keeper to opening the scoring after 18 minutes (by which time both teams should have already scored). A Pablo header from Nori Sakemoto’s cross, and Tashiro’s finish after being put through the middle (needed to control the ball with a hand, but got away with it), rounded out the scoring for the half.

Tamada scored his second of the game, when Tochigi goalie Tokushige fumbled a cross into his path, 20 minutes into the second half. Cerezo should probably have added to their lead earlier in the half, but having taken a 4-0 lead eased off the pace and created few chances after that. Tochigi got a late consolation when Kawamoto put home the rebound after a Jonathan free kick came back off the inside of a post.

JEF United 1-1 Sanga

The Teams


Sanga Subs: Sugimoto, IWase, Uchida, Yamaguchi, Sasaki (Miyayoshi 87′), Oguro (Arita 53′), Ferro (Tamori 74′)

JEF (Subs): Takagi, Oiwa, Kim, Kuriyama, Nakamura, Paulinho (Kanai 90+1′), Tomisawa, Pecnik, Ide (Tanaka 80′), Riki Matsuda, Morimoto (Byong Jun An 59′)

Scorers: JEF; Morimoto 36′, Sanga; Oguro 87′


Sanga earned a valuable away point when the home team failed to capitalise on their advantage. The JEF cause was not helped by a couple of decisions that denied them two goals. First, a Haruya Ide goal was ruled out for a foul on Morimoto in the build-up (the ref, Toru Takinuma, obviously never heard of the advantage rule.), and then a Tamori’s goal-line clearance was deemed to have not crossed the line in what must have been a very close decision. As it was, Kyoto went in at half time trailing by only a single goal, rather than two or three.

JEF continued to have the better chances in a more even second half, but were forced to share the points when Masashi Oguro flicked in Yuto Ito’s cross from close range. Sanga were thankful for a good save by Shimizu in additional time to hang on for the point.

Vortis vs V-Varen Preview

12 Sep

Vortis vs V-Varen Nagasaki

Expected Starters:


GK Toru Hasegawa

DF Rikuto Hirose, Fukumoto, Tomita, Fujiwara

MF Eto, Estiven, Saito, Tomoyasu Hirose

FW Kim, Tsuda


GK Okubo

DF Min-Woo Cho, Maeda, Yon-Jick Lee

MF Kanzaki, Kurogi, Inoue, Miki
AMF Kimira, Kajikawa

FW Yong-Jae Lee

Weather: Cloudy and cool.

Recent Form: Vortis: WLWWL, V-Varen: DWDDD

Summary: Tokushima have maintained their good recent form, winning both their Emperors’s Cup games and progressing to the 3rd round, where they face Albirex in Niigata. Nagasaki have taken over the role of the draw specialist in J2, formerly held be Vortis until they reverted to their more normal 4-4-2 formation. Tomohiro Tsuda and Kim will be hoping to ensure a home win and and move into the top half of the table.

Sanga vs JEF (in Chiba) Preview

12 Sep

JEF United vs Sanga (6 pm at Fukuda Electric Arena)

Expected Starters:

GK Shimizu

DF Shimohata, Bajalica, Suganuma, Ishibitsu

MF Komai, Harakawa, Tamori, Ito

FW Arita, Miyayoshi

JEF United:

GK Takagi

DF Nakamura, Tomisawa, Kim, Kanei

MF Yuzawa, Paulinho, Sato, Pecnik

FW Riki Matsuda, Morimoto

Weather: Expected to be a coolish evening, should be ideal for the players.

Recent Form: Sanga: LWDWD, JEF: LWDDW

Summary: Sanga resume their battle for J2 survival, and after a faltering start to their Emperor’s Cup campaign, where the needed penalties to down Ritsumeikan, earned a comfortable 4-0 win over Ryutsu Keizai last week. Much the same team is expected to turn out for this game against inconsistent JEF. It will be a tough away game, but Kyoto now have the resilience to earn points from such games.

Cerezo vs Tochigi SC Preview

12 Sep

Cerezo vs Tochigi SC (Kincho Stadium, 7 pm KO)

Expected Starters:


GK Tanno

DF Maruhashi, Someya, Yamashita, Sakemoto

MF Pablo, Ogihara, Yamaguchi, Sekiguchi

FW Tamada, Kusukami

GK Sakurai
DF Yamgata, Lee, Han, Arabori
MF Hirose, Honma, Onodera, Nakami
FW Kawamoto, Sakano

Weather: Expected to be cloudy, but coolish Autumn day.

Recent Form: Cerezo WLDWW, Tochigi DLLWL

Summary: This is Cerezo’s first game since their ignominious exit from the Emperor’s Cup, losing to local rivals FC Osaka. That game saw them struggle to impose themselves over the JFL outfit as they lacked cohesion in midfield, with several moves breaking down as Magno Cruz and Edmilson were not quite on the same wavelength as the rest of the team. Both should be better integrated into the system now, but the Cerezo are expected to field the more established team above. Hopefully this will the team will not concentrate quite so predictably on playing through the middle.

Grampus Bow Out of Nabisco Cup in Mizuho Thriller

7 Sep
Grampus logo


1st Leg: Gamba Osaka 1-1 Grampus (at Bampuku)

2nd Leg: Grampus 2-2 Gamba Osaka (at Mizuho) Gamba win 10-9 on penalties after Extra Time

Two close games, eventually saw Gamba claim the semi-final spot after both legs had ended 1-1, giving neither team an away goal advantage. Extra time also ended 1-1, for a 2-2 result in the second leg, and the game went to a penalty shoot out. Grampus brought on reserve ‘keeper Takagi for the penalties, and the deadlock was finally broken when Takagi, as the 11th player to take a kick, missed his own effort for Gamba to win 10-9 in the shoot out.

The Teams (2nd Leg)


Grampus Subs: Takagi (Narazaki 120′), Obu, Sato, Taguchi (Kawamata 57′), Tanabe, Mochizuki (Yada 99′), Sugimori
Gamba Osaka (Subs): Fujigaya, Fujiharu, Jungya Kim, Iwashita, Jae-Suk Oh, Endo, Futagawa (Omori 66′ -> Lins 85′), Kurata, Abe (Ideguchi 85′), Konno, Patric


The second leg was a much closer game than the Banpaku leg, where Grampus were fortunate to come away with a draw. (Details to follow.)