Avispa 2 : 3 Gamba
30′ Adriano (PK)
Another week passes, and another week of saying that Avispa put in a really good performance, should have got something from the game, but remain fixed on the bottom of the table with 6 consecutive defeats.
Avispa started the game brightly again, with their standard long diagonal ball to the right wing putting Tatsunori free and able to cross the ball into the box. It came to nothing but lifted the crowd and the team and led into a period of sustained pressure for the home team in which they seemed to playing a little narrower than usual, and higher up the pitch. This is exactly what they should be doing; having a little faith in the defence to deal with some attacks and taking the game to the opposition.
Endo was being pressed out of the game, Matsuura was providing a constant outlet, and it wasn’t really a huge surprise when Avispa took the lead. A quick reverse pass by Hideya found Matsuura running into space and able to cut the ball back to Sueyoshi on the edge of the box. It seemed they may have allowed the Gamba defence time to get back and get organised, but Sueyoshi struck a sublime shot over the keeper and onto the underside of the bar to score.
Avispa were looking the better team and nearly scored a second when Daiki was found after a marauding run down the pitch but his goal-bound effort was well blocked.
The team have discovered that you cannot give opposition any chances at this level, and they were punished after 30 minutes as the Gamba midfield was invited to try and find a gap through the defensive line, duly did so as Adriano ran off the shoulder of the last defender and was brought down trying to round Kamiyama. It had looked like he might have dithered too long on the ball, but had the composure to flick it past Kamiyama and invite a hand to his angle. Converting the penalty well the two teams went in level.
Avispa had been the better team and it was the Gamba manager who looked to change things by making a double substitution at half-time. The two players he brought on seemed to make a difference, particularly Hayato Sasaki on the right wing who must be the shortest player in world football, but helped to provide an outlet for Gamba as Matsuura had for Avispa.
Gamba would take the lead from the opposite flank as a wonderkid scored a screamer for the second week running against us. This time it was Takeshi Usami who collected the ball on half-way and was allowed to run to the edge of the box as the otherwise good Yamaguchi seemed loathe to make any challenge on him. He had tied Tatsunori up a couple of times, but it was crazy to allow someone of his talent to run without giving him at least a kick, and he duly rocketed one into the top corner to add to his highlights reel before his move to Europe.
Avispa looked a little rocked having bossed the game a bit, only to end up being behind for the 6th game in a row. They then had the worst goal of the season so far as Kamiyama spilled a tame shot under no pressure with Futagawa on hand to rifle home the loose ball. I had said at the start of the season that Kamiyama will make 3-4 horrible errors this season and here was the first.
Having failed to have any answer to going behind so far this season I hadn’t thought the mistake would mean that much, but then Avispa scored another well worked goal. This time starting on the right side of the pitch the ball came to Suzuki Jun in the final third who has the quality to pick out a man. The man he picked out was Hideya who glanced a header perfectly into the far corner of the goal to make the scores 3-2. He didn’t celebrate at tall having arrived at Avispa from Gamba and possibly being a fan of the club. He was having one of his better games overall, as was Daiki who is still registered as a Gamba player and might be back there if he plays as he did today this season.
Needing just a goal to get a point Shinoda brought on Takahashi and Naruoka and pushed everyone forward. I hope that he noticed that when he did this we didn’t concede any more goals, and maybe he should put a bit more faith in the defence to tell the forwards to push up in normal games too. We nearly conceded more as Adriano was put through on goal twice, and really should have scored, but Kamiyama went some way to atoning for his mistake by blocking both.
We came so close to making it 3-3, with 3 great chances falling to Jogo. For the first he collected and turned right on the edge of the box, but shot tamely. The second saw a flighted ball fall onto him in the penalty box where he showed unbelievable technique to volley the ball home, but was ruled out for offside, and then deep into loss-time he got the ball outside the box and curled a shot over the keeper only to see it hit the bottom of the bar and bounce away from goal. Naruoka Sho nearly forced home the rebound, but with luck against Avispa so far this season the bounce took it close to the keeper to jump on.