KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai had their winning run snapped over the weekend as they lost by a narrow margin to Consadole Sapporo in the latest round of action in the J1 League.
Consadole Sapporo 1-0 Vegalta Sendai
A second half strike from Jonathan Reis helped Consadole Sapporo to a much-needed win over Vegalta Sendai at the Sapporo Atsubetsu Park Stadium.
Sendai entered the contest in good form after winning their previous two games. With the season winding down any points they can collect would be helpful to further steer them away from a relegation battle. The same could be said for the J League's newbies as they have spent most of the season down in the bottom half of the standings. They certainly do not want to have a short trip in the top flight.
Schmidt was called into action early as he punched away a dangerous Sapporo free kick from the area. His teammates failed clear the ball further, allowing the host another crack at goal, but the effort sailed over the bar.
Sapporo pressured the visitors' goal for the entire first half, with a shot being cleared off the goal line and another crashing off the post.
Consa finally got their much-deserved goal in the 53rd minute when Shingo Hyodo sent a cross into the area from the left and Reis ran towards the ball and headed past a diving Schmidt.
Sendai nearly found the equalizer minutes later when Schmidt's long-range kick took a bounce over Sapporo goalkeeper Sung-Yun Gu, allowing Naoki Ishihara to take a shot, but his effort went over the bar.
Sendai remains in 12th place in the standings with 29 points.