The Tricolore Army made the trip down to the island of Kyushu this past Sunday for a match against J2 bound Oita Trinita. As has been the case all season Marinos were in for a dogged battle against an inferior team which would much rather draw than go for a win. Yokohama were once again pitted in a must win scenario as Sanfrecce had won the day previous thanks to a late and extremely sloppy goal conceded by their opponents Sendai. Pity they couldn’t have played like that versus us..
Oita started the match against Marinos in a familiar place, their own half. After an early attempt on goal off a set piece by Marquinhos I became under the impression that perhaps this was the day we would teach a team for using turtle tactics. Unfortunately though Yokohama was only able to penetrate the 11 man wall on a couple occasions one being a glancing header by Panzo and a real serious claim for a pk after another dazzling run by Saito. It looked like our boys were in for a tough fight until Shunsuke Nakamura was fouled on the left side of the 18 yard box.
For me personally I thought perhaps he’ll shoot knowing that Shunsuke basically can hit the target from anywhere, but I also felt that with the presence of Fabio, Bomber and Tomisawa a well bent fk would be a tasty opportunity for our aerial specialists. Nakamura stepped up and blasted his shot into the net, the Tricolore Army exploded at the other end. In true MVP form Nakamura took matters into his own hands and put us ahead. 0-1 to the good at the end of the half.
The second half presented F.Marinos with a few clear chances that weren’t taken advantage of. Marquinhos with header off the upright and Fujita had an excellent effort turned aside. This is worrying as we are playing these types of teams for the rest of the season. Enomoto had to be called upon late on as Oita tried to level the match. A draw would’ve been a disaster, panic stations.. Alas the boys held on and we ended the match 3 points stronger. Everyone is out to upset the leagues number 1 and if we are to have a golden J on our sleeve next season we absolutely need to take care of our opportunities.
Sorry for the lack of detail folks .. t’was a dry game.
Here’s our highlights.