MAGNO ALVES' LATE GOAL LIFTS GAMBA TO A COMEBACK WIN
Very interesting game. Shimizu S-pulse welcomed Gamba Osaka at Nihondaira stadium on the 6th day of J-League 2006. Gamba was lack of two internationals, Tsuneyasu Miyamoto and Ryo Kaji, due to sending them to Thursday's International Friendly against Ecador, moreover coach Akira Nishino moved two midfielders, Yasuhito Endo and Tomokazu Myojin, into an injury list. On the other part, S-pulse was constracted this season by young players including Korean striker Cho Jae Jin. I expected how the runners-up team of Tennoh-hai would faces the 2005 J-league Champiom.
Each team showed the football in style. Young footballers' resolutions had rolled the game when 19-year-old Akihiro Ienaga's left shot in the box gave Gamba an opening goal while 23-year-old Akihiro Hyodo's carling middleshot and 22-year-old Takuro Yajima's counterattack helped Kenta Hasegawa's team blow out dark mood of losing 2nd straight games. But into the 2nd half, orange youngmen could not dominate the game and committed a mistake. Champion's centering ball reached dangerous striker Fernandinho with help of 19-year-old defenceman Naoki Aoyama's misfielding. Shimizu goalkeeper Yohei Nishibe only saw off the ball into right side net.
Coach Hasegawa sent the substitutes for rookie Jungo Fujimoto and Hyodo to seek a draw game but couldn't make it stop blue attacks. Brazilian Magno Alves de Araujo found the target in front of lots of defencemen in the box before Gamba deserved a win over Shimizu to show the strength without the internationals two games in a row.
Osaka 3-2 Shimizu (1 Apr)
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