These two men are guilty.........of scoring goals. In another laugher of a contest, Tokyo Verdy took the lead early on a nice juke move by Hulk which caught Ehime's very young keeper flat footed an unprepared to cut off the goal.
Hulk goal here
Goal number two was also initiated by Hulk as the burly striker got a rocket shot off in between two defenders that went off the far post and ricocheted back. Diego tried to get his ample frame off the ground and jut missed on getting his head on the ball. Luckily, the big man, Yuzo Funakoshi was trailing on the play and had the ball roll to his foot, he reared back and kicked and put one low past a now shell shocked Sato. Bikkuri Donkey is on quite a tear!
Bikkuri Donkey's glorious 2nd goal!
Finally, Kensuke Fukuda launched a bomb on a roll out from Takagi, Hulk was able to get a head on it and run past DF Tetsushi Kondo and the hapless Sato and tap in his second goal of the game.
Hulk part deux
Ehime managed to grab one in the last minute as the recently benched superstriker Toshiya Tanaka connected to put the only black mark on an otherwise successful Sunday for the guys in green. 3-1 final
It's been very nice that Verdy has notched 2 big wins against teams that they should be shelling. Last year, slaughters like these were few and far between. However, the season really starts next week when Verdy ventures north to Sendai to take on Vegalta. Then it's a string of tough matches including Kyoto, Avispa, Cerezo, and Shonan before getting a breather against Mito and Tokushima.
I'm kind of curious what Rui will do when Hiramoto is healthy. I'm not sure anyone (including the big man himself) expected Funakoshi to go on a mini streak like he has. He's not easy to watch but he's pretty effective and I gotta admit, I enjoy the donkey when he gets happy after a successful strike.............I believe he might be Soilent Green's main man!
Rui has gone with the same lineup for two weeks in a row which almost shocks me as much as the results.