Albirex Niigata 1-2 Vissel Kobe: Loss at Kobe [Match/Competition]
Albirex Niigata 1-2 Vissel Kobe
J League Div.1 Game2 @ Noevir stadium Kobe
4 March 2017
Niigata let the game leveled by Tanaka'second successive goal in 75 min but gave the winner for Kobe from the immediate corner kick.
The home side opened their account just three minutes from the start when Hirohumi Watanabe slotted home the deflection in the confuion in the area following a Fuita's long throw-in.
From around 35 min, the visitor gradually took a control of the game. In 39 min, Kato's cetering from the deep right passed over the Goal Keeper toward Naruoka who ran far side, which however was blocked the Kobe DF Takaharashu's last-ditch defense. Three minutes later Yamazaki's superb half volley from outside the box forced the keeper fine save to the corner kick.
After the break Kobe dominated again and created chances from short counters back to back like Watanabe's shot from inside the area denied by the bar.
But it was Albirex who scored next. In 75 min Tanaka pushed deflection in the far net from the tight angle of the left after Yamazaki headed the Kawaguchi's cross, which forced the keeper palm the ball. Substitute Tanaka made a goal again following the opening match against Hiroshima last week which seemed to boost the team.
However Kobe added the winner from corner kick just a minute later.Hideto Takahashi changed a course of Watanabe's shot in fron of the goal with his very first touch after he substited in.Niigata introduced substitutes FW Suzuki and MF Galhardo late minutes of the game but couldn't open Kobe's defense again.
-Tanaka's consecutive goals in two games.The team now have got a reliable substitute joker.
-Using side attacks like a Tanaka's goal scene which you couldn't see in the last opening match.
-Rookie Hara who quickly has adapted to the team and already looks a necessary player with his defensive versatile ability.
-All three conceded goals in this season including two from this match comes from set pieces and the three were form second play or deflection.
-No Height in aerial battle from set pieces. Yano's absense made things worse.
-Thiago Galhardo's unnecessary booking. In short playing time he just left bitter taste.
DF Kawaguchi(84min:Suzuki), Tomisawa, Ono, Sakai
MF Hara, Koizumi, Kato, Naruoka(67:Tanaka)
FW Yamazaki(90+1:Thiago Galhardo),Roni
Subs Not Used:Otani,Nishimura, Song, Homma
Next Game: Against Shimizu 11th March KO15:30