KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai got back to winning ways as they shutout Kashiwa Reysol in the latest round of action in Japan's J1 League.
Kashiwa Reysol 0-2 Vegalta Sendai
Two second half goals helped Vegalta Sendai claim all three points on the road as they handily beat Kashiwa Reysol at the
Sankyo Frontier Kashiwa Stadium.
After last weekend's heartbreaking loss to Jubilo Iwata, Sendai were looking to right the ship and move themselves back up the standings as they suffered somewhat of a mini-slump when league play resumed after the World Cup.
It was a rather quiet first half, but Schmidt would be responsible for keeping the game scoreless when he made a spectacular save to keep out a headed effort from Kashiwa's Ataru Esaka.
The second half would be a different story as the visitors finally broke the deadlock in the 59th minute. Takuma Abe would send a cross into the area from the right side and Hiroaki Okuno's glancing header beat Kashiwa goalkeeper Kazushige Kirihata at the far post.
Sendai put the game to bed in the 80th minute when Takuma Nishimura collected a pass from teammate Koji Hachisuka in their end of the field, made a run towards Kashiwa's goal and fired a blistering shot that hit the underside of the crossbar before the ball crossed he line.
A much needed win for Vegalta as they remain mathematically in contention for the third and final spot to qualify for the AFC Asian Champions League.
Sendai sits in eighth place in the standings with 29 points.
Mix Diskerud was once again in the starting line-up for Ulsan Hyundai as a late goal helped to a 1-0 win over the Suwon Bluewings. Ulsan sits in fourth place in the standings with 35 points as they continue to maintain a position to qualify for the championship round.
Jonny Campbell was in the starting line-up as Phnom Penh Crown FC came away with an impressive 4-0 win over Electricite du Cambodge in the C-League. The capital team has now moved up to fifth place in the standings with 27 points.