Review: Cerezo Osaka 2-3 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (J1 MD7)
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Review: Cerezo Osaka 2-3 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo (J1 MD7)

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Leo Ceara"s two goals in two games in a row does not lead to victory. Miss the first consecutive wins of the season with 3 conceded goals.

This section was held at home following the previous section. Cerezo Osaka welcomed Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo to Yodokou Sakura Stadium and challenged the Meiji Yasuda J1 League Section 7. The starting lineup was changed for one player from the previous section. Capixaba entered the right wing instead of Seiya Maikuma and made his first starter in the league after joining.

The game moved from the beginning. In the 6th minute, Cerezo’s left side was broken through from the flow from the throw-in, and Takuro Kaneko, who was free on the other side, scored a goal. Once Cerezo started to attack back, in the 14th minute, Leo Ceara was fallen by the opponent DF in the penalty area, got a PK and scored it by himself, that made the score tie. They wanted to start over the game, but conceded immediately after that. After the ball was stolen in the center, the shooting cross of Kaneko, who received the pass on the right side, went straight into the goal. It became a development to chase again. Against Sapporo"s man-to-man defense, Cerezo tried to break through the situation, as GK Kim Jin Hyeon joined the build-up. In the 18th minute, Shinji Kagawa competed for a feed from Kim Jin Hyeon, and Capixaba came out from the behind and had a chance to score. In the 33rd and 38th minutes, they broke through the left side and approached a goal from crosses from Hirotaka Tameda. On the other hand, even after conceding 2 goals, the pinch continued with Sapporo"s attack. Sapporo used long balls to the behind of Cerezo’s players and to the side, and made scoring chances. However, the goal of the 25th minute when the net was shaken was offside, and for the one in the 44th minute Kim Jin Hyeon blocked with his good save. Then, in the additional time of the first half, Tameda, who entered the penalty area with a diagonal movement to Kim Jin Hyeon"s kick, clashed violently with the opponent"s DF. A perfect chance came for Kagawa who picked up the loose ball, but the shot was blocked by GK.

Cerezo entered the second half with one point behind, and Hikaru Nakahara replaced Tameda, who had injured his shoulder, and Capixaba changed the position to the left side. When they strengthened the pressure forward, then in the 61st minute, they caught up to the tie. From a throw-in at the deep position, Kagawa received the ball and dribbled into the center. He attracted three opponents and sent a pass to the left, and then Leo Ceara reacted to Capixaba"s cross on the far side. He threw in a mighty header. With the uniform number 9 scoring two goals in two games in a row, Cerezo wanted to turn the game around, but they conceded another goal right after that. They were shaken left to right by Sapporo’s attack and gave a CK, and then Shunta Tanaka scored a header on the near side. Cerezo became a chaser for the third time, and Mutsuki Kato, who came on as a substitute in the 66th minute, activated the attack. Moreover in the 80th minute, Reiya Sakata, who had just made his professional debut in the Levain Cup four days earlier, was sent to the pitch to try to score a goal. However, towards the end of the game, there were scenes to be pushed back by Sapporo, and they were unable to equalize. The game ended with a score of 2-3. The first consecutive win of the season did not occur, and the first home loss in the official game of the season was marked.

"I am happy that I scored two goals, but it is regrettable that my goals did not lead to victory,” said Leo Ceara, who was discouraged after the match, but it is great for the team that he has been starting to show his true potential. They sort the way of entering the match, including the opponent"s countermeasures, and reduce the number of conceded goals to lead to victory.

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