How 5 minutes can change a season…
Draw or lose this game then there would be a real sense of disappointment around the club going into the 2 home Kyushu derbies. 2 goals in the last 5 minutes and going into the games in 5th place of the table and the squad must be thinking they can do well in this little burst of games.
0s : Worst possible start. How many times in the last 2 years have we seen balls go left and right across the penalty box with no-one just smashing it into Row Z. Somehow the Thespa players bundle the ball home. None of the defenders or keeper can be too happy.
50s : Work done in training pays off with a very nicely worked free-kick. Too close to get up and down over the wall substitute Morimura passes to unmarked substitute Sakai who takes one touch and hits home.
If he missed he had the chance of a parry by shooting across goal rather than the near post which too many players in Japan try to do.
1m25s : With the players now showing some belief Sakai makes a good run across the box taking out 2 defenders, and another with his well placed cross on the floor. Morimura has taken a chance by getting into the box and finished calmly to win the game.