Our clash with Kashiwa Reysol was a game that we sorely wanted to win, not just for our sake but for everybody else that is fed-up with seeing the guys in Yellow from Chiba making J1 look like a cakewalk. Unfortunately for us though, we were unable to deliver the kind of result we hoped for as the admittedly low attendance of 17,597 stood in the rain and watched their hopes of another home win get washed away afer a disastrous first half…
Kashiwa Reysol have surprised everybody this season with their remarkably good track record at putting pretty much everybody they’ve played to one side to collect all 3 points. It has also been speculated by many J-League fans that their good run of results stems from the fact that they’ve not really played any teams that are seriously contending for the title yet and so, as was supposed by many (including us), their long run of glory would come to an end at Nissan Stadium when they came to take on the mighty F.Marinos.
Anybody for alphabet spaghetti? Because we were sure made to eat our words…..
Let me just get this off my chest, I HATE Kashiwa Reysol. I find their supporters to be nigh on intolerable at times and this low opinion of them was further galvanized by the Mike Havenaar incident a few weeks prior. Nothing would gut me more than seeing a team with such a despicable fanbase, win J2 and then go on to win J1 the following season because we would never hear the end of it!!
Alas, as the scoreline suggests though, we lost.
Kashiwa drew first blood in the 26th minute after a quality bit of poncing around in the box by about 16 players before Tanaka decided to stop being a fanny and just stick the ball in the net. That’ll learn us then!
Equalizing chances for us didn’t present themselves anytime soon after and it wasn’t long before Sakai made us look silly again when he fed through a fantastic ball to a poorly marked Kitajima (Tut tut Yuzo) to put us 2 goals behind in the 37th minute.
Despite being 2 goals down, our boys did keep playing on and managed to create a couple of chances with the closest being from Oguro in the 45th minute when he managed to work himself clear of the left-back to have an open shot on goal only to clip the ball just wide of the left post. Bugger.
The second half was brought underway with a formation change on our part as well as the introduction of Kunhoan and Ono in place of Oguro and Watanabe. The change of tactics appeared to payoff immediately as the Kashiwa threats on our goal were greatly diminished due to the F.Marinos midfield controlling the majority of the ball possession. It was under these circumstances that Yokohama began to play in the same way that they have thus far this season and more and more attempts on the Kashiwa goal were made. Taniguchi came real close on two occasions, both from heading shots with the second of the two being a dead cert for the back of the net had it not been for a goal-line clearance.
Sadly, despite the chances we created for ourselves in the second half, Kashiwa were playing a defensive game and weren’t about to allow themselves concede any time soon. As such, the game came to a disappointing end for the home team as we were dealt our second loss of the season. And, as you can see by the looks on Lewis’ and Piero’s faces, the home supporters weren’t too chuffed about witnessing our first game of the season that we failed to score in either!
Unlucky boys, take a bow….
Anyways, here’s the game highlights for those of you that missed out!
Yokohama F.Marinos: Iikura, Kobayashi, Kurihara, Nakazawa, Hato, Taniguchi, Ogura, Nakamura, Hyodo, Oguro, and Watanabe.
Kashiwa Gaysol: Sugeno, Sakai, Masushima, Hashimoto, Wagner, Leandro, Kurisawa, Otani, Otsu, Kitajima, and Tanaka.
F.Marinos Substitutions: Oguro → Kunhoan (46), Watanabe → Ono (46), Nakamura → Kano (75)
Goals: Tanaka (26), Kitajima (37)