KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Mix Diskerud and Ulsan Hyundai kept their good form rolling with another win in South Korea while Ryo Germain scored a goal for Vegalta Sendai as they bagged their first win in Japan.
A second-half goal would be enough as Ulsan Hyundai came away with a 1-0 win over Sangju Sangmu at the
Sangju Stadium to move to the top of the K League 1 standings.
Mix Diskerud started the game for the Tigers, playing 68 minutes, as they look to keep him and a few others healthy for their upcoming Asian Champions League Group H encounter against Kawasaki Frontale.
Ulsan came into the game in good form, having gone unbeaten in their first five games this season. So there was no doubt they were brimming with confidence.
It was a scoreless first half but both sides did have good chances to score. Diskerud had one in the 27th minute when he was left unmarked to fire at goal from distance, but his effort sailed wide of the mark.
The visitors would finally break the deadlock just minutes into the second half when Joo Min-Kyu ran onto a pass from teammate Kim Bo-Kyung and slotted his shot past Sangju goalkeeper Yoon Bo-Sang.
Sangju made a valiant effort to find the equalizer, but Ulsan held on to take the three points.
Ulsan leads the pack in the K League standings with 14 points.
Vegalta Sendai finally got their first win of the J1 League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sagan Tosu at the Yurtec Stadium.
Ryo Germain started the game for Sendai and played the entire 90 minutes as the team looks to move up the standings.
It's been a difficult time for Sendai as they started the season at the bottom of the standings, collecting only one point from their first five games. However, their opponents from Kyushu have also not been playing well despite having former Spanish international Fernando Torres on their books.
The host would open the scoring 15 minutes into the contest as Germain headed in a cross from teammate Kaina Yoshio.
Sendai would have to wait until the second half to find their second when Shingo Hyodo struck in the 54th minute after an errant back pass by a Sagan Tosu defender allowed them to take a chance at goal. The initial shot hit the post, but Hyodo pounced on the rebound to put it away.
Ramon Lopes sealed the game for Sendai in stoppage time as he slotted past Sagan Tosu goalkeeper Takuo Okubo.
The win moves Sendai up to 16th place in the standings with four points.
In other J1 League action, Leo Osaki started for Vissel Kobe as they fell to newly-promoted Matsumoto Yamaga in a narrow 2-1 loss.
Down in the J2 League, Cayman Togashi started for Machida Zelvia as they shared the points with Ventforet Kofu following a 1-1 tie.
Jonny Campbell and Svay Rieng have started the C-League season very well and they proved they will be a tough team to beat during the campaign with a 2-0 win over Kirivong Sok Sen Chey FC.
Campbell started the game and played the full 90 minutes as they sit atop the standings with nine points from their first three games.