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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs VENTFORET KOFU (June, 25th, 2017)

Today Sunday, June 25th 2017 sees Shimizu S-Pulse playing against Ventforet Kofu for the J-League 1 at Nihondaira Stadium in Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku!

The “game of fear” for both teams whose win will open a safety gap with the relegation zone or defeat that will mean tight fights every Sunday until the end of the season!

Today’s opponents are almost neighbors as they come from Yamanashi Prefecture!

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 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Ryo TAKEUCHI
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 19 Mitchell DUKE
MF 8 TIAGO ALVES
FW 9 CHONG Tese

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKIGAWA
DF 45 Makoto KAKUDA
DF 16 Taisuke MURAMATSU
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Manager: Shinji KOBAYASHI

VENTFORET KOFU
GK 23 Hiroki OKA
DF 5 Ryo SHINZATO
DF 3 Hiroto HATAO
DF 6 EDER LIMA
MF 16 Masaru MATSUHASHI
MF 8 Ryohei ARAI
MF 15 Akihiro HYODO
MF 21 OLIVER BOZANIC
MF 27 Shohei ABE
FW 13 Akihito KAWAMOTO
FW 9 WILSON

Substitutes:
GK 31 Kosuke OKANISHI
DF 4 Hideomi YAMAMOTO
MF 2 Toshio SHIWAKAWA
MF 28 Yuki HASHIZUME
MF 40 Shohei OGURA
FW 14 Yusuke TANAKA
FW 29 JUNIOR BARROS

Manager: Tatsuma YOSHIDA

Referee: Masuya UEDA
Assistant Ref: Seiichi KANAI
Assistant Ref: Yusuke SEINO
4th Official: Noriyuki SUZUKI

Well, well, I discovered that the pitch is full natural grass of the best quality!
Really impressive!

18:03 Kick off by Shimizu S-Pulse!
3′ Teams taking no risks. Both playing inside a handkerchief.
5′ Dangerous center kick by Kofu flying out left of Shizmizu goal.
7′ Slight domination by S-Pulse.
9′ Dangerous center kick by S-Pulse from the right side.
10′ Shot wide over the bar by Shimizu.
12′ Dangerous center from the left side by Kofu.
13′ Very dangerous pass by Duke inside Kofu box. Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poorly executed.
17′ Pressure by Kofu.
18′ Weak shot past post by S-Pulse.
22′ Very dangerous attack by Shimizu but last pass is intercepted.
26′ Dangerous 3 successive shots at goal by S-Pulse.
27′ Dangerous action by Kofu ended with a very wide shot.
28′ Both teams rivaling in clumsiness.
29′ Corner Kick for Kofu. Poor execution.

34′ Center kick by S-Pulse easily cleard by Kofu defense.
42′ Dangerous attack by S-Pulse

Half time score: Shimizu S-Pulse 0 Ventforet Kofu 0
Insipid first half played by two teams paralyzed by the stakes of this game of fear. Both teams playing in a handkerchief and daring not widen their attacks.
A total draw by any means!

45′ Kick off by Kofu
45′ Dangerous attack initiated by Duke.
45′ Very dangerous counter attack by S-Pulse barely cleared into corner. The ball hit the far post! First real scoring chance of the day!
46′ Silly yellow card against Tiago ALVES who interferes with a free kick!
47′ unbelievable miss by S-Pulse! So close! All by himself in front of the goal! Heading over the bar from a couple of meters!
56′ Free kick for S-Pulse 27 meters left of the box. Easily caught by Kofu keeper.
57′ Heading by Kofu easily caught by S-Pulse keeper.
58′ Free kick for S-Puise from 27 meters right of the box. Great heading but oo straight to beat Kofu keeper!
62′ Left corner kick for S-Pulse.
GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Ventforet Kofu 0
Ball headed down by Kanu and slotted in by Hroshi FUTAMI past far post.
63′ Shot wide of goal by Kofu.
67′ Yusuke TANAKA substituting OLIVER BOZANIC and JUNIOR BARROS substituting Akito KAWAMOTO for Kofu.
68′ Shota KANEKO substituting TIAGO ALVES for S-Pulse.
71′ Fee kick for Kofu 28 meters left of box. Cleared into corner kick, S-Pulse throwing their bodies to save he day!
73′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poorly executed.
74′ Free kick for Kofu 40 meters from box resulting in corner kick. Easily cleared. But Kofu keeps on the pressure!
Koya KITAGAWA substituting Takuma EDAMURA for S-Pulse.
79′ S-Pulse soaking of pressure.
Dangerous center kick by Kofucleard in extremis by S-Pulse defense. S-Pulse surviving by the skin of their teeth! Corner kick. Barely cleared.
Yuki HASHIZUME substituting Shohei ABE for Kofu.
Corner kick for Kofu. Barely cleared again.
82′ Fee kick for Kofu 24 meters left of the box. Cleared away.
86′ Game becoming really crazy!
88′ S-Pulse surrendering their midfield.
5 minutes extra time!
90′ + 2′ Dangerous free kick for Kofu 33 meters right of the box. Twice cleared off by desperate SPulse defense!

Final whistle!
Shimizu S-Pulse 1 Ventforet Kofu 0

At long last the first home win of the season!
Barely deserved by S-Pulse who once again threatened to falter in the closing minutes.
S-Pulse will still have to widen their play in the future.
Let’s hope it will be the start of a better season, though!

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
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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

SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs SENDAI VEGALTA (April, 30th, 2017)

April 30th: Another game with my favorite and local soccer/football team/club, Shimizu S-Pulse with a home game for the J1 League home game against Sendai Vegalta!

Once again took the special limousine bus sponsored by Shizutetsu Company (600 yen single way) across from Shizuoka Railway Station north exit!

Long queues as usual! Nothing extraordinary as 14,000 fans were expected on that day!

Plenty of food and drinks on arrival, but that is for a separate article!

Mascots forever!

I arrived early to have a good look again at familiar sights: Shimizu S-Pulse supporters stand!

The opposite main stand!

The away team stand!

Leisurely look at the players’ practice and warming up!

In Japan they have only one game on the card. Pity as it would be nice to watch the youth team for example!

Last watering of the artificial turf!

Sponsors introduction!

Teams entering the ground!

Teams introduction!

Kick-off: 13:03. Sendai kicking off and S-Pulse starting on own half.

2′: free kick for S-Pulse. 25 m, right of the box. Inconclusive, poor shot wide.
3′: Centering wide off the mark by Sendai.
5′: Throw in towards S-Pulse goal. Cleared.
6′: Complete miss kicked volley by S-Pulse in front of almost empty goal!
8′: two consecutive shots at goal by s-Pulse failing in last execution.
Early domination by S-Pulse thwarted by poor shooting.
12′: S-Pulse falling back into their bad habits, especially plying within a handkerchief.

13′: Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poor shot wide right of goal.
14′: Free kick outside S-Pulse box. Heading wide.
17′ Good play by S-Pulse ended by poor shooting.
19′: Sendai domination. S-Pulse running out of ideas.
23′: Sendai Goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt fouls Kaneko outside his box. Lucky to escape with only a yellow card as nobody was between keeper and goal! Lenient umpiring… Fee kick just outside left of box. just wide1
28′: Corner for Sendai. Inconclusive.
31′: very dangerous center by S-Pulse!
32′: Terrible shot from just outside box by S-Pulse.
33′: Sendai shot easily parried.
36′: Sendai pressure. Inconclusive. Too simple an approach.
41′: very poor center by S-Pulse. Building up too slow.
43′: Two successive close-range shots saved by Sendai.

44′: Late pressure from S-Pulse.
45′: S-Pulse attempt barely saved1

half time: Shimizu S-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 0
More domination by S-Pulse who wasted too many many chances because of a too narrow pass play and generally poor finishing.
Should have led by at least one goal with better skill and strategy.


45′: S-Pulse still playing on a handkerchief.
Dangerous S-Pulse center kick. Nobody manages a clean shot.
46′: S-Pulse pressure. Poor finishing.
55′: Penalty kick! Chrislan who had been earlier lucky to escape from a yellow card for dissent manages somehow to convince the referee with a crafty dive! Decision doubtful at best…
GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 1 (against the run of play, but this is soccer!)
54′: Yellow card (Yasuhiro Hiraoka, Sendai) for Cynicla foul preventing clear run at goal.
56′: Good center kick by S-Pulse but once again poor finishing with head wide off ,ark.
57′: Kaneko substituted by Tiago Alves for S-Pulse.
63′: Dangerous kick at goal by S-Pulse well parried by Sendai keeper.
65′: Very dangerous attack by S-Pulse. Corner kick. Easily caught by Sendai keeper.
66′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 2
Wide gap on S-Pulse left side exploited, center kick, terrible defense, easy goal by Crislan again!
69′: Dangerous center kick by S-Pulse. Terrible finishing again!
70′: S-Pulse Takamura Edamura alone in front of goal shoots above bar1
Sendai’s Crislan carried out. Replaced by Hitrokai Okuno.
S-Pulse’s Gakuto Notsuda substituted by Mitchell Duke.
74′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 3
Terrible defense by two S-Pulse backs exploited by Naoki Sugai with a simple tap-in!
75′: Dangerous center kick by Mitchell Duke.
79′: Sendai’s Takuma Edamura substituted by kazuya Murata.
80′: Close heading by Tiago Alves easily caught by opposite keeper.
84′: Free kick shot wide by S-Pulse. Desperation!
85′: Good shot at angle from narrow angle by Tiago Alves well-parried by Sendai keeper.
87′: Corner kick by Mitchell Duke. Easily kicked away by Sendai defense.
88′: Corner kick for SPulse. Poor execution again.
Full time: Shizmizu s-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 3

Game analysis:
Horrendous finishing by S-Pulse forwards.
Naive defense.
Insipid strategy (playing on a handkerchief, back passes by strikers,…).
Dubious and lenient to a fault umpiring.
The wost recipe!
I thought I had been sorely disappointed by the game against Kashima Antlers but this borders on helpless frustration!
Congratulations on a limited Sendai Vegalata team which made most of their very few chances through craftiness and sheer luck!
Lost no less than 11 points in four home games!
C’mon, boys (and coaches!)!

I’m turning into a true S-Pulse fan!

SHIMIZU S-PULSE
GK 13 Seiji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoa KAMATA
DF 3 Tomoya INUKAI
DF 45 Makoto KAKUTA
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunarai MUSAKA
MF 14 Gakuto NOTSUDA
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 9 CHONG TOSE
Subs:
GK 43 Yuki UEKUSA
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 27 Takahiro IIDA
MF 20 Ryo Takeuchi
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 8 Tiago Alves
FW 19 Mitchell DUKE

Head Coach Shinji KOBAYASHI

SENDAI VEGALTA
GK 1 Daniel Schmidt
DF 25 naoki Sugai
DF 27 Kazuki Oiwa
DF 13 Yasuhiro Hiraoka
DF 50 Tatsuya Matsushima
MF 17 Shingo Tomita
MF 18 Hirotaka Mita
MF 10 Yong Gi Ryang
MF 2 Katsuya Nagato
FW 20 Crislan
FW 11 Naoki Ishibara
Subs:
GK 21 Kentaro Seki
DF 4 Koji Hachisuka
DF 5 Naoki Ishikawa
MF 7 Hiroaki Okuno
MF 28 Takumi sasaki
MF 34 Keiya Shiihashi
FW 30 Takuma Nishimura

Head Coach: Susumu watanabe

Referee: Yuho Yamamoto
Assistant Referee: Jun Mihara
Assistant Referee:Yosuke Takabe

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