KENYA BROWN - Monday, July 31, 2017
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai scored a goal well into stoppage to salvage a point against Kashiwa Reysol in the latest round of the Japanese J. 1 League over the weekend.
Vegalta Sendai 1-1 Kashiwa Reysol
Yoshihiro Nakano's strike in stoppage time for Vegalta Sendai canceled out a goal from Kashiwa Reysol as both teams settled for the tie at the Yurtec Stadium.
It has a rough time for Sendai as they have been on a four-game winless run. While not in any danger of relegation, a win would have brought them so relief.
The first half of the contest would end scoreless, but Sendai would have an excellent opportunity to open the scoring when Hirotaka Mita's free kick from outside the area was goal bound. However, goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura would parry the shot away.
The host's next opportunity came when Takuma Nishimura attempted a curling shot at goal from the right, but his effort was well wide.
Kashiwa finally broke the deadlock in the 68th minute when Junya Ito headed in a corner kick from teammate Cristiano. Schmidt was in a good position to parry the ball away from the goal, but the shot just beat him.
With time running down, Sendai found the equalizer in the 92nd minute when Crislan made run into the area before crossing the ball. This led to a scramble as several Kashiwa players fell back to block the cross. However, Naoki Ishihara would get control of the ball and lay it off to Nakano who guided it into the back of the net.
The tie moves Sendai leaves Sendai in 13th place in the standings with 22 points.