And the......umm...tier is.....
Vissel Kobe in a flat 1-1 game. Because of away goal rules....Kobe advances. Because they scored 1........on the road, instead of at home. So there you go. Even though they were the third place team in the second division, they had the "disadvantage" of playing on the road to a J1 squad who clawed their way to survival only to fall because they scored their one at home instead of on the road.
Congratulations Vissel for an inspired tie. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
I hate this league
How did the lonely J2 squad do today in the Emperors Cup?
After tying up Albirex Niigata 2-2 after 120 minutes on two Makoto Sunakawa goals, Consadole Sapporo beat the cranes of Niigata 8-7 on penalty kicks. They go on to face Venforet Kofu, who in the upset of the day pummeled #2 squad Kawasaki Frontale 5-2.
Avispa Fukuoka has a chance to redeem themselves when they face off against Urawa in Saitama 2002. Urawa meanwhile is trying to reup with 18 year old Argentina/Spanish striker Sergio Escuedero, who plans on finalizing his Japanese citizenship sometime next year.
Nene-exiting Brazil- New foriegn player
Hmm......seems like Urawa is taking a page out of a certain green teams playbook from 10 years ago.
Cerezo Osaka-If Verdy was pink......
The deconstruction of Cerezo Osaka is underway and it looks alot like what a certain Tokyo team did last year.
Just days after the retirement of former National team player Hiroshige Yanagimoto and the dismissal of Takuya Yamada, Cerezo announced that they are severing their ties with foreign imports Bruno Quadros and Pingo. Two other contributors, Jubilo rental MF Takahiro Kawamura and Sagan Tosu rental FW Michiaki Kakimoto are all leaving the squad for higher ground.
Vegalta Sendai let one of their big three Brazilians, Chiago Nevez go away from Sendai.
More Tomorrow.......just got back from Shizuoka and the Omiya/Jubilo game.....WORST......REF.......EVER!