KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai's push for the Champions League took a massive dent in the J League while Mix Diskerud and Ulsan Hyundai could only manage a point in K League action.
Vegalta Sendai's chase for Champions League soccer next season hit a bump as they beaten badly 5-2 by Yokohama F. Marinos at the Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium.
Sendai had been playing well leading up to this, but hit pothole last weekend as they lost a close one to bottom team V-Varen Nagasaki. So they were looking to right the ship and put pressure on the other contenders looking to claim that third and final spot.
However, things did not start well for the visitors as Yokohama threatened their goal from the start. Hugo Vieira was set up to take a volleyed shot, but Schmidt would get a hand on the ball to parry it off the post.
The host then found the opening goal in the 21st minute when Jun Amano teed up teammate Ryosuke Yamanaka to strike from distance and beat Schmidt.
Despite taking the lead, Yokohama would score the equalizer for Sendai a minute later when Thiago Martins inadvertently directed the ball into his team's goal after an effort from Gakuto Notsuda.
Yokohama show just how dominant they were in the game as they retook the lead in the 37th minute through Teruhito Nakagawa. The winger collected a pass from Ken Matsubara, made a blistering run past three Sendai defenders before putting his shot past Schmidt.
The host's momentum carried over to the second half, with Nakagawa scoring his second of the day in the 51st minute as he finished off a cross from Yamanaka with a header that Schmidt reacted to late.
Vieira then rounded out the scoring for Yokohama as he scored a pair in the 77th and 86th minutes respectively.
Ryo Germain, another newly discovered Japanese-American player in the team, scored a consolation goal for Sendai in stoppage time as the game ended on a downer for them.
Sendai remain in the hunt, but have now dropped to eighth place in the standings with 41 points, four points out of third place.
In other J1 League action, Leo Osaki and Vissel Kobe cannot wait for the season to end as they were soundly beaten 5-0 by Kashima Antlers to push their losing run to five games.
Mix Diskerud and Ulsan Hyundai continued to gear up for the championship round of K League 1 as they shared the points with Suwon Bluewings after a 2-2 tie.
Jonny Campbell and Phnom Penh Crown FC wrapped up their season over the weekend on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Boeung Ket. The capital team finish the season in fifth place in the standings with 36 points.