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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Burzanovic Blasts Sink Kobe

This foul-tinged game came down to the quality of the kickers, and the keepers. Although, Enomoto is pretty good, he could not do anything to stop Igor's two brilliantly-taken free kicks, while Narazaki was able to pull off a brilliant save to deny Popo. Both of the Montenegran's blasts were wickedly rising efforts that would have given any keeper little chance, the sought of kicks we have not seen at Grampus since Honda left. So while Igor's work-rate and defensive capabilities may leave a a bit to be desired, as long as he keeps getting on the scoresheet, Pixie is like to use him.

Highlights as ever via FootyTube. For once our Serbian and Montenegran viewers can enjoy the interview as well. :-)

The game started with a couple of early efforts by Nakamura and Magnum were blocked, as was a near-post effort by Ogawa. We quickly closed down Kobe, denying them space and often breaking up or intercepting their attempts to get forward. Kobe double-teamed Kennedy and a clumsy sandwiching foul led to free kick, which saw Popo booked for failing to retreat the full distance. Igor blasted the kick past the ineffective wall and into the top left corner, giving Enomoto no chance. Although Kobe fluffed a couple of half-chances to pull level, we continued to control the game and Josh should have done better than hit his effort straight at the keeper after being released by Magnum. The half ended in scrappy fashion with neither team really being able to gain an advantage.

We had a narrow escape early in the second half when a Popo free kick was brilliantly turned over by Narazaki. However, we soon resumed normal service, regaining control and Nakamura sent a difficult shot fizzing just wide. This was followed by a Kennedy header from a typically accurate cross by Alex, but the lanky Aussie's effort was straight at Enomoto. Kobe brought on their nippy Korean early on to try and exploit Hayuma's enforced restraint due to his early yellow card, but Stojkovic was wise to the move and soon swapped Tanaka for Tamada. This saw Ogawa dropp back into the vacant side half position. Another inept challenge on Josh gave Igor another chance to show us his bag of tricks, and the Montenegrin duly obliged with dipping effort that cleared the wall and left Enomoto stranded again. Some good work by Nakamura sent Mu Kanazaki down the left and his cross-ball fell inviting for the Tamada, but ht out-of-form striker inexplicably made no effort to get to the ball. Kennedy looked set to break clear as the clock wound down, but was ruthlessly upended Mu. Komoto who was duly booked for his cynical foul. We duly ran out the clock, with a more controlled performance then against FC Tokyo on Wednesday with the only excitement being Popo's dismissal for lashing out at Alex as the two tangled on the right touchline.

Grampus 2 0 Vissel
Starters Starters
P. No. Name Name No. P.
GK 1 Seigo Narazaki Tatsuya Enomoto 1 GK
DF 32 Hayuma Tanaka Yohei Ishibitsu 25 DF
DF 4 Tulio Kunie Kitamoto 4 DF
DF 5 Takahiro Masukawa Hiroyuki Komoto 5 DF
DF 38 Alex Santos Hiroto Mogi 21 DF
MF 7 Naoshi Nakamura Hideo Tanaka 18 MF
MF 10 Yoshizumi Ogawa Ryosuke Matsuoka 8 MF
MF 9 Igor Burzanovic Botti 10 MF
FW 25 Mu Kanazaki Popo 11 FW
FW 16 Josh Kennedy Ken Tokura 27 FW
FW 8 Magnum Takayuki Yoshida 17 FW
Subs Bench Subs Bench
GK 21 Koji Nishimura Takahide Kishi 29 GK
DF 3 Mitsuru Chiyotanda Tsuneyasu Miyamoto 14 DF
DF 6 Shohei Abe Daisuke Tomita 33 DF
MF 7 Keiji Yoshimura Park Kang Jo 20 MF
MF 20 Danilson Ryota Morioka 20 MF
FW 11 Keiji Tamada Masatoshi Mihara 24 MF
FW 17 Yuki Maki Kensuke Nagai 35 FW

Burzanovic 26'

Burzanovic 72'





yellow.gif Card Popo 25'
Burzanovic 26' GOAL
Tanaka 29' yellow.gif Card
Masukawa 42' yellow.gif Card
Burzanovic 45+2' yellow.gif Card
Tulio 50' yellow.gif Card

Substitution Botti > Park 59'
Tanaka > Tamada 68' Substitution

Substitution Tanaka > Nagai 70'
Burzanovic 72' GOAL
Burzanovic > Yoshimura 74' Substitution
yellow.gif Card Komoto 89'
Nakamura > Danilson 90' Substitution
yell2red.gif Card Popo 90+4'

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