Verdy has early company for kings of the 2nd set
Vegalta VS Avispa- Pierre Littbarski decided to go with the recently returned Tatsunori Hisanaga and it paid early dividends for the Fukuoka squad as he notched a goal in the 13th minute of play. However the story on the day was Ryan Yong Gi who managed to notch two in a 15 minute span to give Sendai a 2-1 victory and put them behind Verdy on goal differential.
Kyoto VS Tokushima- In another minor miracle, tokushima managed to grab a point on the road against Sanga. Tokushima led for most of the game until FW Paulinho grabbed one late to salvage a tie for the purple and red. Former Shimizu man Ryuzo Morioka got the hook with two yellows for Kyoto. 1-1
Ehime VS Mito- 0-0, nothin to see here.....move along!
Consadole VS Shonan- In a battle of defensive minded teams, it makes sense that the game ended knotted at 0-0. Takahiro Takagi is quickly claiming the mantle as J2's best keeper with his third clean sheet in 4 games.
Thespa VS Sagan- Nobuhito Triizuka scored late to salvage a tie at home for Thespa. Sagan finally managed to get a point this season.
So, only Cerezo has yet to get a point on the season.
Games for Saturday
Thespa plays Sendai in a northland squabble. Thespa has settled down after a drubbing in the opener, but Sendai is playing great ball right now. I'd look for the trend to continue at home
Montedio hosts Consadole in another matchup of defensive minded squads. I think it will be another brawling, low scoring affair
Sagan tries to build on their first point of the season as they host the increasingly improving Tokushima Vortis. I think this will be the game that Sagan gets a little on track.
Mito hosts Avispa in a contest that won't be
Shonan hopes to break out of the scoring slump as they take on the little orange squad from Ehime. I think this will be the game
Cerezo really didn't need to take on a hungry Kyoto squad who keeps falling short. Tsunami must feel a Vegalta deja vu with the mounting losses.