But unfortunately for Verdy, the finishing was not. After a tumultuos week in which the non-Brazilian members had a meeting with management and Leandro and Hulk were given belated fines for not showing up to training on time, Verdy faced off against fellow strugglers Kyoto Sanga in a game to get some much needed points. Playing in a more traditional spread 4-4-2, Verdy took the field with Leandro and Kawano playing wide. The difference was evident as a much faster Verdy side controlled play for large stretches of play.
29 shots between the two clubs only produced one goal however as Fernandinho hit a streaking Atsushi Yanagisawa who caused the ever increasingly innefective Toshihiro Hattori to fall on his posterior and struck for an easy goal.
The second half saw the debut of Masashi Oguro, who had one nice cross to a hesitant Hulk who was a bit slow in striking.
Overall not a bad effort, especially from the two young mids Kawano and Shibasaki and erstwhile forwards Hiramoto and Leandro.
Clown moment of the game came when Kyoto defender Tatsuya Masushima, taking a note out of the Hattori school of acting dropped like a rock when brushed by Hulk in the box.
Next up for Verdy is a short trip down the Musashino line to Urawa and the Red stench of Saitama. This game has an interesting undercurrent as Yukio Tsuchiya faces up against the man who he put out of action for a year with an erstwhile tackle. Tsuchiya didn't face the Reds when Tanaka came back, having been pulled out with injury. A story floating around Omiya is that Tsuchiya left for Verdy because of increasing harassment of himself and his family during his one year stint in orange so I imagine the atmosphere will be a little tense.
During the weekend, Verdy comes home to face Kashiwa in a biannual bludgeoning by the yellow thugs of Chiba prefeture. Good news though, the 20th will be An-pan-man day so when Kashiwa is putting up their 5th goal against Verdy.........again.......you can at least be happy with the fact that you got a free An-pan-man file folder or whatever the hell they are going to foist upon the unsuspecting fans at this seedy affair.
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