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Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Yokohama Fail to Capitalize on Narazaki Injury

Yokohama finally manage to breach the Grampus defense in a league game, managing a feat that was beyond JEF, Ventforet and Albirex. Even after loosing Narazaki to injury after just 10 minutes, the team managed to extend its unbeaten run in the league to eleven games, extending back into the final seven games of last season. The injury to Narazaki means that despite a serious setback through substituions forced by injury in the opening half of three of its four games, the team still has not been seriously tested.

I only saw the last 30 minutes of this game, and although Grampus were not at their best, Yokohama did not have enough edge to make some enterprising play pay dividends. No sooner had the former Flugels gone in front, than an accurate Masukawa cross was headed home by Keita Sugimoto. Surrendering the lead so soon proved too much for Yokohama's fragile confidence and Grampus were able to take the lead just a couple of minutes later.

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