We came, we saw, we spanked them silly!

My word what a result! 5-0 away to Shimizu! Who’d have thought it?!

After witnessing a fairly slow start to last week’s home opener vs Belmare, the F.Marinos seemed to be firing on all cylinders the moment they took to the pitch!

The traveling supporters only had to wait a mere 8 minutes before they could crack open their beers in celebration as Shunsuke Nakamura fooled everybody in the stadium and Television broadcasters alike by scoring from a corner kick which he gracefully sent gliding over the S-Pulse defence and into the far netting. At first it looked liked Yuji Nakazawa got a touch to it but commentators and stadium officials agreed that the ball took a slight deflection off the head of Bare to mark an own goal. Even the F.Marinos official site reported the goal as an own goal but after several reviews of replay footage, the official site and other news media eventually attributed the goal to Shunsuke after the game had finished!

Though Shimizu came close with a couple of half-chances, it was Hyodo that really knocked the wind from their sails in the 39th minute when he beautifully trapped a long ball from Tomisawa with a one touch lunge before deftly lobbing the keeper to make it 2-0 as both teams headed into the half-time break.

The second half was soon underway but though the F.Marinos were making some good build-up play in midfield, things ultimately clicked the moment “Super Sub” Manabu Saito came on for Hanato in the 60th minute. How this guy doesn’t get a starting spot is beyond me but one thing for sure is that whenever he comes on, he really empowers the midfield with his fast dribbling and desire to bury the ball in the back in the net. It only took Manabu a few minutes to get into the flow of the game as he terrorized the S-Pulse backline with a dribble into the area taking on 2 defenders before laying the ball off to an unmarked Marquinhos who tapped the ball home despite the rather scrappy delivery.

Despite being 3 goals down, S-Pulse continued to give us some hairy moments courtesy of Bare who remained a constant threat but Nakazawa played a blinder and was able to keep him in check on more than a few occasions. Sadly for S-Pulse, the game was put out of reach in the 88th minute when Nakamura played a lovely ball upfield and beyond the Shimizu backline to see Marquinhos steam ahead to collect the pass and face the keeper one on one. A second later and the roof of the net was rippling in the wind as the Brazilian veteran blasted the ball home to claim his second goal of the game and his teams 4th.

Being 4 goals up in the 88th minute was perfectly good enough but just 2 minutes later, another long ball was hoofed upfield, this time to Saito who carried it forward for a few yards before crossing the ball across the face of the goal to Marquinhos who drilled it home for a hat-trick.

A huge win for us to see that we keep our spot atop the league table for the second week running. 9 goals in 2 games is insane for the F.Marinos but you certainly we hear me complaining! Let’s hope they stick a few past Jubilo this weekend and keep MAEDA OFF THE SCOREBOARD COMPLETELY!!

Until then, here’s the highlights:

F.Marinos Starting XI: Enomoto, Kobayashi, Kurihara, Nakazawa, Dutra, Nakamachi, Tomisawa, Nakamura, Hyodo, Hanato, and Marquinhos.

F.Marinos Substitutions: Hanato → Saito (60), Hyodo → Ogura (86), Nakamura → Sato (91)

Goals: Nakamura (8), Hyodo (39), Marquinhos (71),(88),(90)

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