Sunday, April 23, 2006

V is for Victory? Vissel Versus VERDY

This issue of Soilent Green is dedicated to Vissel ubermid Pavel "Horvy" Horvath who I believe is part alien........pictures will detail this in full. Coming off a brutal 3-0 loss at Vegalta Sendai, Verdy hoped to rebound in a clash with fellow 2005 relegation victims Vissel Kobe. Kobe has been arguably more erratic than Verdy, losing games to bottom table teams like Thespa Kusatsu while beating top table sitter Kashiwa Reysol in Kashiwa. Both teams went in without key members, with Kazuki Hiramoto of Verdy and Goalkeeper Kota Ogi both sitting with red cards. Like Mel Gibson in Thunderdome........two teams enter, one team leaves. THE LINEUPS

VISSEL KOBE

GK 30 Kenta TOKUSHIGE
DF 4 Kunie KITAMOTO, 15 EMERSON THOME, 32 Masaki YANAGAWA, 3 Shusuke TSUBOUCHI
MF 16 Tomoaki KOMORIDA,10 HORVY,8 Keisuke KURIHARA
FW 7 PARK Kang Jo,11 Hiroto MOGI,17 Atsuhiro MIURA

SUBS (78 min 22 Kazutaka MURASE), (89 min 18 Hideo TANAKA)

TOKYO VERDY 1969

GK 21 TAKAGI DF 2 HAGIMURA, 3 FUJITA, 4 TOGAWA 27 AOBA MF 7 OHASHI, 10 ANAILSON, 11 ONO, 23NEJIME FW 9 BASILIO, 16 IIO

BENCH 1 MIZUHARA, 8 NAGAI (84 Fujita), 15 KANAZAWA, 20 HIROYAMA (67 Ohashi), 39 SAITO (70 Iio)

The first half was a quick kick to the teeth (sorry,Horvy!) as MF Keisuke Kurihara struck early to put the home squad up 1-0. Basilio managed to get the team level near the end of the half.

The second half started much like the first with our guest of honor putting the home squad up again for a 2-1 lead. Finally, Shingo Nejime got carded, giving Vissel a penalty shot near the end of the game............That's right, Horvy stepped up and put it in.
HORVY IS HAPPY! I however am not.

QUICK THOUGHTS

The combination of Iio and Saito managed 0 shots on goal in the game. Didn't see the game and I can't be really too hard on Saito, because he was only in for 20 minutes but when you play 70 minutes as a striker and don't get a shot, you're not doing your job. 11 shots and Iio didn't get one. I'm not sure if it was a problem with the midfield not getting him the ball or him not being aggressive but it's pretty disappointing. Judging by the stats, it looks like the team was game but just didn't come out ready to start either half. This happened in the Thespa game as well, with them letting up 2 early goals in the second half. For the second game in a row, Takagi and the back 4 were victimized for 3 goals. That gives Takagi a whopping 1.80 GAA, putting him just ahead of Takagi of Thespa. Compare that with 0.3 GAA posted by Vegalta (and former Verdy keeper) Daijiro Takakuwa or Yokohama FC keeper Takanori Sugeno. That's a reflection on the whole D unit and the midfield, not just Takagi (or Mizuhara).

The good news is that Basilio and Hiramoto are 1 and 2 in goals scored. So that is nice. I think the constant changes (while it's good to see new blood) are messing up the team execution. I'll look it up but I don't think the same team has started twice yet this year. Nurishi last week, Nejime this week........Kuba, RICKHIKI, Tsurumaki, one of the other ONO's?

Live by the score, die by the score................never boring on planet Verdy.

Anyhow, if the season were to end today.....I'd have to prepare stories about Takuya Yamada leading Cerezo Osaka against his old team in the second year of J2. Verdy is in 4th.

Anyhow Consadole Sapporo on the 29th at Nishigaoka.....If anyone saw the Sendai or Vissel slaughters, please drop me a line! and if you know how the hell to get to Nishigaoka (what train, what line, what station.......) please let me know!

2 comments:

Matsu said...

Nishigaoka? What on earth would possess you to go there?

The stadium is located in the heart of an industrial slum between Tokyo and Urawa. You can smell scorched steel and other toxic fumes as you mae your way through towering blocks of danchi, on your way to a tiny little ground that has fewer (and more decrepit) bleachers than my old high school's stadium. What a dump!

Anyway, the easiest access is from the Toei Mita line, Hon-Hasunuma Station. Go out the east exit and start walking east towards Akabane on the nearest east-west street you find. Youll either run into the park at the end of the street, or pass by it if it is one of the two major streets that go all the way through to Akabane.

Nick said...

Its true....its a craphole.Last time I went, Verdy lost to then J2 Omiya in front of about 800 people in 2001. Crap game,crap result,crap stadium.The wife fell asleep that day.(Must be a family thing though as her sister fell asleep watching Nakamura Shunsuke`s last game for the Marinos against Verdy in a crowd of over 50,000 at the National Stadim....) Might be ok this weekend though,on the plus side the ground only holds about 10,000 at the very most and is tiny. If a few Consadole fans show up which they usually do there could be a decent atmosphere. Also no athletic track so youre right on top of the action instead of straining to see who is who.Lets hope we get back on track this weekend. Also, more importantly, lets hope the weather is good as there is no roof and I for one don`t fancy sitting in pissing drizzle in a crap ground watching the Boys take another shoeing!! If its sunny and with a beer in hand,losing doesnt seem half as bad....