Avispa 0 : 2 Kashiwa Reysol
Things aren’t getting any easier for Avispa as table topping Kashiwa reysol came to Level-5 Stadium and returned home with all 3 points despite a spirited performance from Avispa.
As with a few games this season Avispa will be sitting in the dressing room after the game thinking they could and probably should have got something from the game, but have been let down by a lack of cutting edge up front, and opposition who don’t need a lot of chances to score.
Avispa started with the same team as mid-week with Nakamachi, Okamoto and Kim Min Je all totally absent from the squad. As in the mid-week game they looked defensively sound, and were able to make some nice moves going forward without ever really troubling the keeper.
Able to get the ball in areas towards the opposition goal they were unable to find a key to the defence and resorted to long shots which were either being blocked en-route to goal or easily being saved. There were fewer balls being crossed into the box, with the wingers cutting inside more but the Kashiwa keeper was being tested no more than the Kobe one had been on Wednesday.
The best chance fell to Yusuke on the edge of the box after Wada had crossed a good diagonal ball to Shigematsu in the box who had done well to beat the defender and pull back to the edge of the box.
Although Avispa weren’t testing the Kashiwa keeper, Rokutan equally wasn’t being tested at the other end. The first clear chance for Reysol resulted in a goal. Sueyoshi was chasing shadows in the middle of the pitch and Leandro went for a give and go outside the penalty area. Rather than picking out the Brazilian the ball was lifted across the penalty area where Tanaka met it on the full and finished classily to take the lead.
Avispa continued to toil against the Kashiwa defence, and made small openings for the rest of the half, and into the 2nd half. As they went in search of the equaliser they left gaps at the back which Kashiwa nearly exploited on the counter, but Rokutan pulled off a good 1-on-1 save.
The best chance for Avispa fell for Shigematsu who was having another good energetic game. A free-kick from the right was crossed in by Matsuura and met by Yusuke’s head. Deflecting off a defender it fell to Shigematsu less than 5 yards out but he snathced at the chance and blazed over.
The crowd had earlier been excited by a long range free-kick by Shigematsu, but in reality it would have taken a terrible error by the goal-keeper to let it in.
Avispa would have 1 more really close chance to try and share the points after Yusuke ran onto a ball and into the box wrong footing Jorge Wagner in the process. Trying to curl the ball beyond the goal-keeper he missed the far post by less than a metre.
There was always the threat of a counterattack goal as they looked for an equaliser, and it came in the 90th minute. After getting a very close scare 3 minutes earlier after a ball in from the right they were paid to pay by another. Crossing to the near post, Hyodo reached the ball before Daiki and smartly finished at the near post to flatter Kashiwa with a 2-0 victory.