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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Nagoya Already Two Points Up on Last Season

Today's opening game 3-2 win against Oita Trinita sees Grampus two-pomints ahead of least seasons pace. Of course, we have only played one game but it is a good start to the season. Two goals by Davi, interspersed by one from Tamada were enough to earn all three points.

This game appears to highlight the flexibility that Grampus has at the back. Akira Takeuchi, nominally a centre back who spent most of last year on the right, started on the left in place of the injured Shohei Abe. Whether this flexibility will result in stability remains to be seen, but it will allow Stojkovic to rotate players fairly easily when injuries and suspensions start to become a factor later in the season.

Grampus
Seigo Narazaki
Hayuma Tanaka, Milos Bajalica, Takahiro Masukawa, Akira Takeuchi (Maya Yoshida 87)
Magnum (Kei Yamaguchi 81), Naoshi Nakamura, Keiji Yoshimura, Yoshizumi Ogawa
Keiji Tamada, Davi (Keita Sugimoto 84)
Scorers: Davi 54, 82, Tamada 75

Oita Trinita
Shusaku Nishikawa
Taikai Uemoto, Masato Morishige, Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Yasuhito Morishima 86)
Robert, Yoshiaki Fujita, Daisuke Takahashi, Mu Kanazaki, Singo Suzuki
Ueslei, Daiki Takamatsu (Akihiro Ienaga 83)
Scorers: Kanazaki 10, Ueslei 84

Update: Highlights of this game can be found on the EuroSport website.

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