Omiya Ardija 0 – 2 Avispa Fukuoka
48′ Matsuura, 69′ Jogo,
After losing to Kofu 3 weeks ago I gave up on staying up,it seems the team didn’t with consecutive wins for the first time this season. If they can manage to keep on winning then they will get the 8 wins I said they needed in the run-in to stay up.
As expected the team was unchanged from the win against Hiroshima with Nakamachi staying on the bench and Shigematsu partnering Jogo up front as a real striker. Avispa carried attacking confidence into the game and were playing with quite a direct game with balls eing sent forward early.
They had the first chance of the game from one of these attacks as a header from Kobara bounced straight through the middle where Shigematsu was breaking on the central defender’s shoulder to chest the ball down well but volley straight at the keeper when he had done the hard work.
The midfields were fairly evenly matched and chances were falling to both teams. Matsuura flashed a shot over the bar from the edge of the box after some I terplay between Jogo and Shigematsu, and Sueyoshi lifted a header over after stretching backwards to reach a Yamagata cross. At the other end Omiya also had opportunities to open the scoring with Kamiyama making a good block and Daiki clearing off the line after Rafael had beaten Kamiyama with a header back across goal.
They were the first team to have the ball in the back of the net as Rafael slipped a ball through the organized Avispa defence for #13 to slot past Kamiyama but it was ruled out for offside in what must have been a very close call.
Going into halftime at 0-0 it was even and looking like whoever scored first would likely get the result. Yusuke came on for Shigematsu at halftime with Naruoka moving into the middle. It wasn’t a substitution I liked but it paid dividends almost immediately after a freekick from Suzuki Jun was volleyed back into the box by Yusuke on the back post where the change of angle allowed Matsuura to lose his marker and hit a first time shot into goal.
Jun and Sueyoshi were tackling well in midfield and providing a shield for the defence who could defend calmly and sensibly. When chances presented themselves it was usually for Rafael who has some good feet and a nice turn, but was tackled with some great last ditch tackles from Kobara and Yamagata. One of these by Yamagata had a big shout for a penalty but it looked ok to me.
As Omiya pushed on Avispa stayed strong in defence with Kamiyama stopping some long range shots, and then scored a great goal on the counter. Jogo broke from the Avispa half and set Yusuke free with a ball in front of him to run onto. As Naruoka brought 2 defenders to the front post Yusuke lifted a great ball to the back where Jogo beat the right back with a great volleyed finish. It was a great goal, and showed Jogo at his best.
With 20 minutes left to play it seemed Avispa had the game won, and played out the remaining mi nutes sensibly,holding the ball rather than going out looking for the third goal and limiting Omiya to sporadic long range shots.
Some Ardija players started to get a bit frustrated and Pimpao was lucky to avoid censure after taking out Daiki about 1m beyond the byline with a tackle from behind. At the final whistle Avispa won 2-0 and the team celebrated while Asano got very angry at something I didn’t really understand and was missed by the cameras but may have involved a Korean player kicking the ball at someone.
6 mores wins to avoid the closest brush with relegation?