Kawasaki Frontale, back to the top flight of the league after beaten Sagan Tosu with a score of 4-0 in the J.League 2022 at Todoroki Stadium, Kanagawa prefecture.
This match was postponed due to the influence of the COVID-19 infection. This game, set as a Wednesday night game, was very interesting in terms of both teams’ tactical offense and defense, similar to the same card in recent years.
Tosu faced Kawasaki Frontier with the 4-back system he has been using recently. Kentaro Moritani enters under the top and keeps Kawasaki F’s anchor João Schmidt in check. Yuto Iwasaki, who entered the left midfielder and is in good form, puts pressure on CB Jezieu while blocking the pass course for right SB Yamane Mirai. However, Kawasaki Frontiers, who “play soccer while looking at the opponent,” surpassed this.
Yamane and Akihiro Ienaga floated around the pitch to confuse the markers, while Taito Wakisaka and others took the pressure off with their overwhelming skills.
Gradually driving the opponent into the enemy line, it is 26 minutes. Yamane cut Shinya Nakano’s vertical pass to the head of the house in front. Hisabisa’s starting pitcher, Kei Chinen, jumped into the cross that Iecho put in early. A header shot pierced the net and Kawasaki frontier took the lead.
Tosu, who was not satisfied with his aim, responded by changing the system. Transition to 3-4-2-1 with Diego and Iwasaki as left and right wingbacks. When defending, it became 5 backs, and to some extent, confusion during defense was no longer seen.
However, at the end of the first half, Yamane advanced to the middle stage and created a decisive opportunity for Marcinho. The net was also shaken, but it was not scored due to offside.
Tosu returned to 4-2-3-1 in the second half. Iwasaki, who was a little confused, and Hiroki Kakita were removed, and Jun Nishikawa and Fuchi Honda were added to try to regain an aggressive stance.
Iin the 47th minute, kicker Wakisaka’s out-swinging ball was sucked into the head of João Schmidt, and the next moment, a header shook the goal. It was a painful two points behind for Tosu to chase.
In the 52nd minute, Kawasaki Frontiers did not weaken their offense, and in the 52nd minute, Jezieu shot from a free kick to the right to close in on the goal. However, Tosu’s goalkeeper Park Il-kei defended both of them with a wonderful reaction.
However, Kaisoku Wing scored the next 3rd goal. In the 56th minute, Wakisaka picks up Tosu’s free kick and pawns forward. Marsinho, who broke away from the opponent’s mark, put a loop shot with his right foot over the head of the goalkeeper who was in front and into the goal.
After 3-0, the game slowed down a little. During the summer series of matches, both sides replaced players who were showing signs of fatigue as they progressed through the match.
Then, in the 87th minute, the Todoroki Athletics Stadium once again boils. On this day, Shintaro Kurumaya, who was showing great performance, made a through pass to Sora Miyagi, who was a substitute. Yu Kobayashi responded to a cross, but this was cut by goalkeeper Park Ikkyu. It was Ryota Oshima who filled the spilled ball. The supporters gave a big round of applause to the league match goal at Todoroki Athletics Stadium for the first time since the 30th round of Meiji Yasuda J1 in 2018.
The final score is 4-0. Kawasaki Frontier won 4 straight games and moved up to the top, albeit provisionally. On the other hand, Tosu was defeated for the first time in seven league games.
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