KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai were on the wrong end of a six-goal thriller as they fell to Cerezo Osaka in the latest round of the Japanese J1 League over the weekend.
Vegalta Sendai 2-4 Cerezo Osaka
Vegalta Sendai tried their best but they could not overcome the power of Cerezo Osaka as they went down to the J1 League's second place team at the Yurtec Stadium.
After suffering a shock loss to Tsukuba University in the second round of the Emperor's Cup four days earlier, Sendai was hoping to put that behind them and claim their own upset win over Cerezo and move up the standings. However, the visitors had other ideas and punished Sendai throughout the game.
Cerezo scored the first goal in the 16th minute when Yoichiro Kakitani collected a long ball pass from teammate Hiroshi Kiyotake at the left side of the penalty area and beat Schmidt with a shot that went in at the far post.
Kazuya Yamamura doubled Cerezo's lead four minutes later when Kenyu Sugimoto released him in the area with through ball that left one-on-one with Schmidt and the midfielder easily blasted his shot past the helpless goalkeeper.
Sendai cut the deficit in the 36th minute as Naoki Ishihara finished a great passing play that saw Yoshihiro Nakano run onto a through ball from the right side before his pass to the forward who did not hesitate put the ball in the open goal.
However, Cerezo restored their two-goal advantage in the 58th minute when Tatsuya Yamashita powered in a header after a cross from Yusuke Maruhashi on the left side of the field.
Takuma Nishimura cut the deficit for Sendai again three minutes later as he ran onto a pass from Crislan and tucked his shot past Cerezo goalkeeper Kim Jin-Hyeon.
Cerezo was too dominant in the game and sealed the win in the 68th minute when Hotaru Yamaguchi scored from just outside the area. Schmidt was able to stop the initial shot from Souza, but the ball fell right in the path of the Japanese midfielder as the goalkeeper could only watch the ball sail into the top corner of the goal.
The loss moves Sendai down to 12th place in the standings with 21 points.