26 minutes. That's how long Verdy was on equal terms with the pale blue and pink warriors of Sagan Tosu. It's getting to be a pathological problem with Verdy. 26 minutes. Has nobody learned the damage that can be caused by making stupid tackles? 26 minutes. Two yellows in a 26 minute span....................
GK 31 Toshimitsu ASAI
DF 26 Toyoki HASEGAWA, 13 Megumu YOSHIDA, 4 Kazuya IIO, 16 Keiji TAKACHI
MF 7 Takeshi HAMADA, 14 Yoshiki TAKAHASHI,8 YOON Jong Hwan, 34 Junya YAMASHIRO
FW 25 Yoshihito FUJITA, 11 Tatsunori ARAI
SUBS: FW 9 Taakaki SUZUKI (54 min FUJITA), MF 20 Takayuki YAMAGUCHI (69 min TAKAHASHI), MF 30 Tatsuya KAMOHARA (75 min HAMADA)
TOKYO VERDY 1969
GK 21 TAKAGI
DF 13 YANAGISAWA, 5 DEDIMAR, 2 HAGIMURA, 27 AOBA
MF 8 NAGAI, 11 ONO, 15 KANAZAWA, 10 ANAILSON
9 BASILIO, 25 HIRAMOTO
BENCH: GK 1 MIZUHARA, 16 IIO, MF 20 HIROYAMA (45 min YANAGISAWA) , 32 KUBA (63 min KANAZAWA) , DF 23 NEJIME (28 min NAGAI)
After the Mito game, Saito was banished to the netherworld of satellite football and replaced by Iio, the rest of the lineup was similar to last week. As I alluded to in the opening, one of Verdy's illustrious defenders managed to get himself run after a mere 26 minutes. That man was the diabolical master of the muffed free kick, DEDIMAR. Dedimar got run after a late tackle, causing Ramos to change tactics on the fly. Out goes Nagai, In comes Nejime, who is starting to become a man down specialist. The tension built as the team went to a 3-4-2 formation, surviving an onslaught from Sagan striker Tatsunori Arai.
After a halftime switch of Hiroyama for Yanagisawa and later, Kuba for Kanazawa, Verdy amazingly broke through first on a Basilio strike in the 68th minute. Maybe this goal shocked Sagan awake, because Arai evened things up one minute later.
The 81st minute would bring the deciding goal. Now, I was all ready to curse the mess known as DEDIMAR for blowing the game. I was going to release Fujita from his Idiot boy name and heap abuse on #5. I was thouroughly prepared to do this...........but Hiramoto scored the deciding goal. That's right, even with a man out and the bald dandelion in goal, Hiramoto was able to score his second game winner in as many games. Remarkable! Amazing! Verdy wins again.......on the road.......10 men left. 64 minutes.
STARS OF THE GAME:
1. Shingo Nejime- The guy come in and solidifies the team for 64+ minutes. He has to be on the first team bench for the rest of the season.
2. Nozomi Hiroyama- Another guy who's solidifying his place on the first team. I believe he had the pass that led to the game winning goal.
3. The Dynamic Duo- Hiramoto and Basilio manage to get it done again, putting them first and fifth in the league leaders for goals (6 goals and 3 goals). The most amazing thing about Basilio's total is the accuracy.........6 goals on an economical 12 shots.
I'm about ready to drink the Ramos kool-aid. This guy has really good game instincts, I'm not crazy about his talent selection per se, but he did the right things to steal a win under trying circumstances. I don't enjoy the sideline antics and the media hogging, but his game calls have been spot on so far.
The one thing the team really needs to work on is team discipline. These constant flurries of yellows (and now reds) are really gonna come back and bite Verdy real soon. The back line isn't the deepest to begin with, now they have to go further down the depth chart. Maybe that's why Verdy keeps signing more DF's.
I'm not crazy about DEDIMAR to begin with, and when he's paired with my nemisis, Yanagisawa, it scares me. Add the lackluster talent in goal and I fear the worst is coming. That being said, I think Takagi has cemented his position in goal.
Next game is against Thespa Kusatsu at the National. I'll be there with a report. As always.........send in what you saw!