Nagoya Grampus 1-1 Yokohama F.Marinos

After what felt like a never-ending off-season, we finally started our 2011 campaign with an away game against the current league champions, Nagoya Grampus.
I must confess that after a slightly lackluster pre-season build up, my confidence ahead of this game wasn’t terribly high and I think I said a fair few times that “I’d be happy with a point” from this game. However, after conceding in the 95th minute after giving away a silly penalty, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed, nay, robbed.

I think in my heart of hearts though, that a draw was probably a fair result and pretty accurate reflection of the game. Nagoya actually created more chances than we did and came frighteningly close in both halves with some accurate shots on goal, one of which hit the crossbar before rebounding out to safety.
It was Yokohama however, that drew first blood in the second half when Shingo Hyodo latched onto a short pass just inside the area, before driving the ball past the keeper into the inside right post. It was just the boost we needed as we began to push forward more in search of a second. Unfortunately for us, Nagoya are not the kind of team that buckle under pressure so easily and they defended our attacks time and time again with a irritatingly in-form Tulio and Masukawa.

As the adrenalin of the first goal began to wear off, Nagoya stepped up their attacking game and came at us with everything they had, putting Nakazawa and Kurihara to task and forcing Iikura to make more than a few fines saves. with the clock ticking down into the extra-time we were all convinced that we were gonna take all three points back to Yokohama when, in the final minute of additional time, somebody (Sorry, I didn’t see who and I’ve yet to see a replay of the incident) made a rather desperate tackle on Nagai, bringing him down in the box to concede a penalty. Iikura’s luck in goal was unable to stretch to the 95th minute though, as Kennedy struck the ball into the top net to salvage a point and save the home team’s blushes. Nagoya 1 Yokohama 1.

Though we didn’t lose the game, the way the game ended kinda felt like we had. We were THIS close to a perfect start of the season damnit!!
Oh well, it’s a point away so we can’t complain too much I guess….

Anyway, I shall end this brief, half-assed match report with a video of us singing our anthem for the first time this year! VAMOS!

Starting Lineups
Nagoya Grampus: Narazaki, Tanaka, Tulio, Masukawa, Abe, Ogawa, Nakamura, Fujimoto, Kanazaki, Kennedy, and Tamada.
Yokohama F.Marinos: Iikura, Kobayashi, Kurihara, Nakazawa, Hato, Taniguchi, Ogura, Hyodo, Hasegawa, Oguro, and Watanabe.

Grampus Substitutions: Kanazaki → Nagai (66), Nakamura → Santos (75), Fujimoto → Yoshimura (82)
F.Marinos Substitutions: Oguro → Ono (68), Hasegawa → Moriya (71)

Goals: Hyodo (63), Kennedy (90+5)

*Edit*
Here’s the highlights on YouTube!

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6 Responses to Nagoya Grampus 1-1 Yokohama F.Marinos

  1. Daniel says:

    Saw Brendan on TV right at the end, looked gutted! If I would’ve known it was going to be 1-1 beforehand I would’ve been quite happy, but to give it away at the death like that was never going to be happy. Ah well plenty of games to played, I think the young guns held their own.

  2. Blake says:

    Only saw the first 20 mins and thought we looked composed, so I left the house very happy. The last check of twitter and we were sitting pretty with 15 mins to go in the game. So I went into class pretty chipper.

    At the end I was talking to the boys and asked if any of them liked the roundball game. One of the wee snots was a fan of the Grumpies (Yes, I realise it’s spelled wrong). I decided not to verbally bludgeon him then and there. Don’t get me wrong, not because he is 10 years old and speaks English as a second language, just because I wanted to see the final result.

    Looks like it was a good call. Next time I see him I will deduct marks from his grade for being so disrespectful and supporting something that I despise.

    And as for Brendan, he seems to pop up more than a Peruvian Wind Flute band.

  3. Tony says:

    It was Taniguchi who brought down Nagai, if I’m not mistaken.

    Similarly to Brendan, if someone said to me on Friday that we’d get a point, I would have been ecstatic. With the changes to the team in the off-season, the new system and not terribly positive pre-season results, I was thinking we’d be on the end of a thumping. However it was definitely a case of 2 points lost rather than one gained, and pretty gutting to come right at the death like that.

    Defensively we got caught out a few times and had to scramble back, though have to give the “Grumpies” credit as they looked on the verge of overwhelming us at times. I thought Bomber had a very good game and that we looked great on the counter, however. I was impressed by our ability to find targets for passes under pressure in defence and to quickly transition to attack. And in the aftermath of the 1st goal we were all over them for a time.

    2 points lost, but not as doom and gloom for this season as I first thought…

  4. Tony says:

    Ah, it was Kurihara, sorry!

  5. Brendan says:

    Thanks for the comments, guys!

    And welcome aboard, Tony! It’s always really awesome to meet new people on here so thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! How long have you been following YFM if you don’t mind me asking?!

    Some very good points you raise there, Tony.
    Thanks for clarifying who gave the penalty away btw! I’m glad it was Yuzo and not Taniguchi because that would have been a confidence blow for him as it was his first game with us since joining!
    I must say, that I felt that Taniguchi paired up very well with Ogura in midfield yesterday. I think they worked together very well and never had trouble finding each other amid play. I also thought that Kobayashi did a solid job alongside Yuji too.
    Aria’s little training stint in France has certainly paid off too because he’s looking much more attack minded and pushing forward so much more than he used to…

    I was on T.V again? Wow! This could well become a habit if I’m not careful!
    Oh and I liked the Peruvian Flute pipers reference there Blake!! Made me laugh out loud that did!!

  6. Tony says:

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I’ve been following the J-League from a distance for 4 or 5 years, but couldn’t settle on a specific team to follow until a couple of years ago. My better half happens to come from a Marinos family, so my decision was made for me…

    And I agree with your views on Taniguchi, Ogura, Kobayashi and Aria (who was stitched up by theGrampus player on the “dive”!)

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