KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai allowed a late goal to let Omiya Ardija take all three points in the latest round of action in the Japanese J1 League.
Omiya Ardija 2-1 Vegalta Sendai
A last minute goal from Genki Omae helped Omiya Ardija lift themselves from the bottom of the J1 League standings as they defeated Vegalta Sendai at the Nack5 Stadium.
Schmidt started in goal for Sendai in the loss.
After coming off a crushing defeat to FC Tokyo last weekend, Sendai were looking to get their campaign back on track as they faced the last place team in what should have been an easy three points to pick up.
Things started out positively for the visitors as the referee called for penalty as he judged that Omiya defender Kohei Yamakoshi had brought down Crislan in the area. The Brazilian then stepped up to take the penalty, but goalkeeper Hitoshi Shiota made the save. However, Crislan pounced on the rebound and made sure the ball went in this time.
The momentum would shift in the second half as the host found the equalizer in the 60th minute. Yamakoshi redeemed himself for conceding the penalty by heading in a corner kick past Schmidt to the delight of the home fans.
Both sides pushed for the game-winner, but Omiya would win it outright in the 89th minute as Omae took a pass from teammate Yuzo Iwakami, got around a defender and drilled his shot past Schmidt.
The loss moves Sendai down to 14th place in the standings with 13 points.