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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs URAWA RED DIAMONDS (August, 27th, 2017) Live Coverage!

The notorious Urawa fans have been asked to stay in definite seats!

Consequently the Shimizu S-Pulse are louder than usual!

Shimizu S-Pulse players’ entry!

Stay with us with the live report of the J1 League game (Game 24, return match) played in Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City between Shimizu S-Pulse and one of the top teams in the J1 League, Urawa Red Diamonds!

After two indiferrent prestations against Kashiwa Reysol at home and Kashima Antlers away Shimizu S-Pulse will be keen to achieve a favorable result for more serenity during the end of the season!

TODAY’S SQUADS:

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:
GK 13 Yuji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoma KAMATA
DF 45 Makoto KAKUTA
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Ryo TaKEUCHI
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 19 MITCHELL DUKE
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKAGIWA
DF 16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
DF 44 FREIRE
MF 2 Kohei SHIMIZU
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA

Head Coach: Shinji KOBAYASHI

URAWA RED DIAMONDS
GK 1 Shusaku NISHIKAWA
DF 6 Wataru ENDO
DF 2 MAURICIO
DF 5 Tomoaki MAKINO
DF 7 Tsukasa UMESAKI
MF 39 Shinya YAJIMA
MF 22 Yuki ABE
MF 38 Daisuke KIKUCHI
MF 8 RAFAEL SILVA
MF 9 Yuki MUTO
FW 30 Shinzo KOROKI

Substitutes:
GK 25 Tetsuya ENOMOTO
MF 14 Tadaaki HIRANAMA
MF 15 Kazuki NAGASAWA
MF 16 Takuya AOKI
MF 18 Yoshiaki KOMAI
FW 13 Toshiyaku TAKAGAKI
FW 20 TadanariLEE

Head Coach: Takafumi HORI

Referee: Kenji OGIYA
Assistant Referee: Shinji OCHI
Assistant Referee: Takanori SAKUMOTO
4th Official: Takumi TAKAGI

Kick off scheduled at 18:03

0′ Kick off by Urawa.
1′ Free kick for Urawa 25 meters away from right. Inconclusive.
2′ first shot at goal by S-Pulse from just outside the box. Safely caught by Urawa keeper.
5′ Both teams playing attacking football for the moment.
7′ Very dangerous chance for Urawa stopped by a foul just outside the box. Yellow card!
Very dangerous free kick just in front of goal!
Blocked! Shot wide over the bar by Urawa!
12′ Urawa dominating a febrile S-Pulse.
13′ Overconfident shot flying away by Urawa.
14′ S-Pulse on the defensive.
17′ Another free kick and again a yellow card against S-Pulse. Free kick from very left corner of the box!
Inconclusive.
19′ two very dangerous center kicks in succession by S-Pulse!
23′ S-Pulse getting dangerous. Mitchell Duke shoots wide.
25′ Poor shot wide over the bar by Urawa.
29′ Mitchell Duke earns a corner kick for S-Pulse.
GOAL! S-Pulse 1 Urawa 0
Kakuta catches the indecisive Urawa defense with a heading that takes ages to get in!
36′ Lull after a lot of excitement!
42′ S-Pulse very lucky here with a clear chance for Urawa being wasted again!

Half Time Shimizu s-Pulse 1 Urawa Red Diamonds 1
Urawa wasted a lot of good possession and earned clear chances at goal but none was on target whereas S-Pulse had 2 and one converted.
For once S-Pulse showed more realism but they gave a bit too much freedom to Urawa in midfield.
Let’s hope they can improve on that!

45′ 2nd half kick off by S-Pulse.
45′ Urawa surrenders ball in midfield and Duke’s center floats dangerously across the goal!
46′ S-Pulse defense playing with fir!
47′ Goal for Urawa disallowed for off side. Stupid yellow card fornS-Pulse’S Hasegawa!
56′ Both teams making simple mistakes.
58′ a solo efforts almost ended into a goal by Matsubara who shoots into the side net!
65′ Goal! SPulse 1 Urawa 1
S-Pulse defense leaving too much freedom to Urawa who finally converts from short range through Endo!
68′ Weak longe rang shoot by S-Pulse easily caught by keeper.
S-Pulse defens caught off guard again and low shoot just rolls past left post!
Kitagawa in for Hasegawa for s-Pulse.
69′ Goal! S-Pulse 1 Urawa 2
Febrile S-Pulse defense gives a free shot to Rafael Silva who makes no mistake!
All dangerous actions by Urawa come from the left side!
Shirazaki in for Edamura for S-Pulse.
72′ Dangerous free kick for S-Pulse but kick just outside!
74′ S-Pulse forced to take risks!
Murata in for Kaneko.
Urawa playing cat and mouse with s-Pulse!
Corner kick for Urawa.
Inconclusive.
86′ S-Pulse chasing shadows and wasting a clear cut chance when they finally grab the ball!
88′ Corner kick for Urawa.
89′ S-pulse completely out of it and Silva almost scores again for Urawa!
Yellow card against Urawa.

Full Time: Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Urawa Red Diamonds 2

Urawa deserve their win but they were helped in so-doing by S-Pulse who completely lost the plot in the second thinking they could defend a lone goal and thus surrendering their midfield in a simplistic strategy.
The year still promises to be a long one especially with so many strikers injured.

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs CEREZO OSAKA (August, 9th, 2017) Live Coverage!

Entry of the Shimizu S-Pulse players!

Stay with us with the live report of the J1 League game played in Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City between Shimizu S-Pulse and the current leaders of the League, Cerezo Osaka!

The local firefighters in charge of watering the ground!

TODAY’S SQUADS:

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:
GK 13 Yuji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoma KAMATA
DF 4 KANU
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 22 takuma Edamura
MF 20 Ryo TAKEUCHI
MF 19 MITCHELL DUKE
MF 30 Sho KANEKO
MF 18 Yu HASEGAWA
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKAGIWA
DF 45 Makoto KAKUDA
DF 16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
MF 44 FREIRE
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
MF 50 Yuta TAKI
FW 46 Jin HIRATSUKA

Head Coach: Shinji KOBAYASHI

CEREZO OSAKA
GK 21 KIM Jin Hyeon
DF 5 Yusuke TANAKA
DF 14 Yusuke MARUHASHI
DF 15 Yasuki KIMOTO
DF 22 Matej JONJIC
MF 6 SOUZA
MF 10 Hotaru YAMAGUCHI
MF 16 Kota MIZUNUMA
MF 24 Kazuya YAMAMURA
FW 8 Yoshihiro KAKITANI
FW 9 Kenyu SUGIMOTO

Substitutes:
GK 27 Kenta TANNO
DF 2 Riku MATSUDA
DF 23 Tatsuya YAMASHITA
MF 7 Kunimitsu SEKIGUCHI
MF 17 Takaki FUKUMITSU
MF 26 Daichi AKIYAMA
FW 11 RICARDO SANTOS

Head Coach YOON Jong Hwan

Referee: Takuto OKABE
Assistant Referee: Shuichi MAJIMA
Assistant Referee: Yoshihito HAYASHI
4th Official: Takeshi SUHARA

Nihondaira Stadium in the sunset!

Kick off at 19:03!

0′ Kick off by Shimizu s– Pulse
4′ Teams take no real risk yet.
6′ dangerous attack on right flank by Cerezo inside the box. Goalkeeper catches safely weak shot.
8′ Corner kick obtained by MITCHELL DUKE. Two dangerous center kicks bring nothng
Cerezo counter attack ends wit shot wide over the bar.
12′ chance goes begging for S-Pulse with ball stolen by defense inside the box.
17′ dangerous center kick into the box by S-Pulse. Goalkeeper catches it neatly.
19′ Kaneko creates his own great chance but his kick flies high over the bar from a mere 10 meters!
22′ Corner for Cerezo.
GOAL! Cerezo Osaka 1 Shimizu s-Pulse 0!
Controversial goal at best after a mess inside the box. The umpires have a long talk but the goal by Kazuya YAMAMURA is in!
Protests going on!
26′ The game is becoming a bit crazy on both sides!
29′ center kick by S-Pulse.
30′ S-Pulse Ryo TAKESHI yellow-Carded for dangerous tackle from behind.
32′ Dangerous free kick for Cerezo 25 meters away far left. GOAL!
Cerezo 2 Shimizu S-Pulse 0
S-Pulse completely outfoxed by Yasuki KIMOTO’s heading!
35′ Very dangerous attack by S-Pulse inside box. Ball barely saved into corner kick.
Great center kick but heading trickles past far post!
38′ Dangerous center resulting in corner kick for Cerezo Heading over the bar!
39′ S-Pulse attacking!
Other chance for S-Pulse going begging with poor shot over the bar!
Poor finishing is costing S-Pulse a lot! on the other hand Cerezo is always dangerous on their few counter attacks!
45 + 1′ Corner kick for Cerezo! Inconclusive.

Half-time Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Cerezo Osaka 2

Teams almost equally shared possession and chances but Cerezo proved why they are top of the League with clinical finishes.
On the other hand S-Pulse although plying wider than usual showed disappointing finish with poor shots from very near their target.
The second half might prove a long road for the locals as Cerezo can afford to see things coming to them!

46′ Kick off by S-Pulse.
First attack catching S-Pulse cold. Ball hits the near post!
47′ GOAL disallowed!
Great heading by Hasegawa!
48′ Penalty kick for S-Pulse!
GOAL! Kaneko slots it in calmly!
S-Pulse 1 Cerezo 2
52′ The game is alive with both creating dangerous chances1
55′ S-Pulse is at last taking risks!
57′ Unfortunately S-Pulse is slowing down.
60′ Long range shot finds a corner for S-Pulse!
GOAL! S-Pulse 2 Cerezo 2
Kitagawa catches a flat-footed Cerezo defense with a long and sharp shot along the ground inside the far post!
62′ Rokutan saves S-Pulse with a great parry of a ball that went into his right corner of its goal!
63′ S-Pulse is suddenly piling on the pressure!
65′ Daichi Akiyama comes in for SOUZA for Cerezo.
Cerezo goal keeper barely parries off a shot into his to corner from Hasegawa!
67′ shot wide of its mark from Cerezo.
68′ Free kick for Cerezo 35 meters almost in front. Inconclusive.
73′ GOAL!
Shimizu s-Pulse 3 Cerezo 2
Incredible! Trick goal by Kitagawa on a center kick by Matsubara!
What’s going on!
Fans screaming in delight!
74′ RICARDO coming in for MATEJ JONJIC for Cerezo.
77′ S-Pulse shot off a great center just past far post!
7(‘ Great attack by MICHELL DUKE.
80′ Corner kick for S-Pulse.
How did that ball didn’t get in? S-Pulse threatening Cerezo!
83′ Free kick in front of S-Pulse goal. KANU yellow-carded for dissent!
Shoot going barely past far post!
87′ FREIRE in for HASEGAWA.
Cerezo getting desperate with poor shot flying over the bar.
Yuta TAKI in for KANEKO.
89′ Corner kick for Cerezo.
Heading dangerously past far post!
Murata in for Kitagawa.
90 + 1′ Dangerous free kick for Cerezo, almost a forwarded corner kick. Inconclusive.
90 + 3’ S-Pulse surviving by the skin of their teeth!
Incredible! Cerezo misses from 5 meters!

FULL TIME: Shimizu SPULSE 3 CEREZO OSAKA 2

Just incredible!
Coming back from a 2-nil losing first half and inflicting no less than three goals into the J1 League leader!
A result that will send shivers all over Japan!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Club: Food Stands at Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

A Shizuoka specialty on offer at Nihondaira Stadium: Sakuraebi Kakiage to shirasu donburi/bowl of rice topped with cherry shrimps fritters and biled sardine whiting (Seasonal only!)!

Watching a soccer/game, even in Japan, is certainly a hungry and thirsty job!
But do not worry, there is plenty on offer at food stands both outside and inside the stadium to satisfy all palates!

Plenty of beer with Sapporo Company, on of Shimizu S-Pulse official sponsors which also has a big brewery in the Prefecture! Outside the stadium!

Inside the stadium!
Of course soft drinks are available!

As for food, there is really a lot to chose from!
Let’s start with outside the stadium!

No less than 8 kinds of snacks from yaki soba/pan-fried noodles to jagaimo/boiled and buttered potatoes and 6 sof drinks!

What do they make here?

Taiyaki/hot fish-shaped pancake filled with bean jam!

Tako yaki/hot octopus dumplings!

Shaved ice!
Choose your topping!

Shorounpo/hot and juicy Chinese dumplings!

Chinese fried rice!

And more Chinese treats!

Bread and cakes!

Pop corn!

Seafood ramen, curry noodles and chicken karaage!

Bento!

And more from sausages to fried potatoes!

Let’s go inside1
Fried potatoes (French fires for the Americans! LOL)!

No less than 9 dishes from Bacon steak to Japanese Chazuke!

Pineapple!

Fried chicken!

Brochettes!

And for dessert, a smile form the pop corn girls!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City