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Urawa Reds, who made it into knock out phase of ACL, faced Yokohama F Marinos.
Last game against Nagoya was much awaited victory, and Urawa needs another in order to prove they are title contenders, and more than anything in order to catch up with Gamba Osaka.

Manager Osieck chose rather familiar eleven on 3-6-1 formation. GK was Tsuzuki, and Tsuboi, Horinouchi and Nene lined in front of him. Tulio was still not available and Horinouchi earned the center. Suzuki and Abe filled the vital area behind offensive Ponte and Ono. Soma was on the left and Yamada, right. A lone striker was Washington. Substitutes were Yamagishi, Hosogai, Sakai, Uchidate, Hasebe, Okano and Nagai.

Mr. Hayano of Yokohama chose 4-4-2. In front of GK Enomoto, 4 defenders, Nasu, Nakazawa, Kurihara and Tanaka lined up from left to right. As Mr. Hayano chose rather defensive formation, he put 2 defensive midfielders, Kawai and Ueno. At the top, speedster Sakata and physical Oshima paired up, being supported by older Yamase and Yoshida. Substitutes were IIkura, Matsuda, Tanaka, younger Yamase, Karino, Marques, and Mike Havenaar.

Just after kickoff, Abe found Soma in deep left. After fetching the ball, Soma tried one on one against his opponent, Hayuma Tanaka. He successfully ran through, though the cross was direct to GK. After Nasu's long range shot, Soma again overcame Tanaka. Those 2 attempts failed to make goals, but Soma's attacking surely made Tanaka jittery. On 6th minute, it was Ono who made a cross ball to Washington in counterattack. Washington somehow kept the ball in dangerous area and found Yamada, but Yamada’s cross ball was just poor.

Yokohama also made great scoring chances with dead ball. Nakazawa, a.k.a. Bomber Head, found curling corner kick but Nene somehow blocked. Seconds later Yamase showed his great skill, kept a ball for minute, being surrounded by ex-teammates. For next 10 to 15 minites, both teams keep attacking and referee controlled well, though both were aggressive. On home side, Washington cheated Nakazawa and Kurihara, got intelligent throw-in from Ono, but could not score. Soma kept dominating his flank, found Ponte free but again in vain. On Yokohama side, Sakata continuously ran up and down, lead blue tide with Yamase. On 17th minute, boys in blue surfed on and cause emergency in front of Tsuzuki. Reds somehow cleared.

Reds kept attacking on and on with Soma, and nervous Tanaka was finally booked with late tackle on him. Tanaka is one of the speediest defenders in J-League, but Soma's clever positioning and technical dribbling was better. Moreover, it seemed Yokohama players were not sure who was to mark Soma, sometimes just letting him sneak. However, thanks to glitches of Urawa and great save by Enomoto, particularly on 23rd and 29th minute, Yokohama survived. As a lone striker Washington was always tightly marked and supports by Ono and Ponte were far, Urawa’s offense lacked consistency. Reversely, great combination of different types of strikers, Sakata and Oshima, Yokohama struck back. Sakata’s long range shot forced Tsuzuki to dive, and low cross from left to Oshima tested Tsuzuki again. Gradually, both teams started to show sloppiness in midfield

During the last 10 minutes of the first half, it was Yokohama who grabbed the pace. Yamase beautifully turned Tsuboi away and found Sakata in the area, but Nene blocked his way. As Yokohama’s front men were well trained to chase the ball and it made boys in blue to possess the ball. Contrary to that, Urawa's top trio, Washington, Ponte and Ono were not that energetic, though their skills were high on ball. In other words, Yokohama changed positions aggressively, but Urawa attackers appeared a little dull.

It was Horinouchi, who tried to turn the situation around. Just 1 minute from closing, He ran forward and got the ball from Washington's post play. The ball went to Yamada, and to Ono, who passed through Nasu. But Ono's velvet pass was just flicked away by Washington’s poor header.

It was common for both teams that when players ran and took risk, scoring chances come. Latter half could be more entertaining.

Just after whistle, Yokohama showed powerful pressing. Reds also tried to attack back, but Yokohama successfully made Reds alert. After Sakata's drive shoot was blocked by Tsuzuki, finally fatal moment came. Blue pressing beat slow Reds players, and genius Yamase got the ball. He once stepped away from the goal, then delivered a strong shot to another side net in spite of Tsuzuki's full stretch. 0-1!

I know some Urawa fans show distaste against elder Yamase, because he was once Urawa’s offence conductor with magnificent Emerson, but he faded away to Yokohama. Urawa needed a lot of time and effort to revive since then. I also agree with them in a sense. However, I am also so happy with his 100% percent form. I can still vividly remember the moment when he hurt his leg during dribbling, though I forgot the game. He fell on the ground with agony, and his long rehabilitation robbed him of opportunity to challenge competitions of higher levels. Though it was surely unhappy to see him score against his once sweet home, it was really happy moment

Reds, maybe due to urgency and impatience, lacked the last piece in the goal area. Washington was booked on useless protest on referee. Ono and Ponte continuously failed to find the net. Gradually Soma became isolated from other players, though it was unknown it was due to fatigue or due to statistic. At last, on 18th minute, Osieck decided to replace Soma with Hasebe. Abe was slid to left.

4 minutes later, another genius shined. Ono, who sneaked into deep right, tactfully controlled the ball and drew a foul from Kurihara. It was Nene, who was unmarked, who converted the curling cross into the net. 1-1!

The match more and more heated up, shared chances on both sides. Sakata nearly scored with his speed and shoot. Abe's intelligent through ball was ruled out due to Washington's offside. Even on 30 minutes' mark, Ponte and Yoshida were shown cards each other. 4 minutes later, Yoshida was booked for elbowing on Horinouchi, who tried to take the ball back from him.

In order to spice up attacking and add experience on the whole team, Hayano on 34 th minute decided to bring Marques in, replacing Yoshida. 6 minutes later, he replaced exhausted Oshima with young Havenaar, and prepared to last minute physical contest.

The last 5 minutes were full of shots. From 3 minites to time up, Tsuboi’s rare run took the ball and found Washington via Ponte, but again it was off the mark. The game closed. 1-1.

Fans in red attire shared ovation and booing. On one hand, Reds could be praised for its unbeaten record. On the other hand, Osieck again showed his some kind of controversial “safety first” policy. Was it right to replace Soma, who dominated the left flank? Well, it made sense to defend his back as seen in the last game, but why Osieck did not do anything on another flank? Why Nagai or Okano were introduced? Yamada appeared tired in the last 30 minutes Speedy attackers could have lured defenders away from Washington!

Or, how about Hosogai? He could have contributed to attacking with his sharp cross balls! What do you say about Sakai or Uchidate? If one of them had been in, Hasebe can go forward more!

Osieck’s attitude is too much balancing act and it is difficult to rate it high, considering various factors. Moreover, he failed to make most of pool of talented players and made some particular players wear.
Players did well, I believe, but idea from the manager was disappointing. Will this change after interval? Hmmm…. I hope Tatsuya Tanaka change the atmosphere!

MVP : Nene and Soma from Urawa. Sakata, Yamase, Enomoto and Ochima from Yokohama.
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