Mar 28, 2009

納得行かないけど一勝 - Not happy, but a win is a win...

今日はワールドカップ2010予選、日本対バーレーン戦を見に埼玉スタジアムに行ってきた。

浦和美園駅に着くとすごい人。駅前で余りチケットを売っている人が多く目立った。僕たちは定価の半分以下でチケットを直前にゲット。ラッキ~~~~。

試合は日本が開始早々速攻でいいスタートを切るも、どうしても単調な攻めで決定的なチャンスが作れない。時折いいコンビネーションプレーがあるものの、ゴール前では硬いディフェンスを前にプレーが雑になってシュートまで持っていけない。ボールをとった後でもミスパスでボールを相手に返す場面も増えた。

後半早々俊輔のフリーキックで先制!これは玉田のいいカウンターが生んだフリーキック。しかし、てるちゃんはココアを買いに行っててゴールを見れず...。

結局相手ゴールキーパーをほとんど試すことなく1-0で勝利。一方的な試合、ヘディングシュートがディフェンダーにゴールラインでクリアされ、内田もバーをたたいたものの、チャンスはあんまりなかった。やはり日本はもっとガツガツ中盤を支配できる選手が必要なのは間違いないけど、もっとテンポのある攻撃、試合展開をして欲しい。

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We went to see the World Cup 2010 Qualifier between Japan and Bahrain at Saitama Stadium.

There were tons of people around Urawa Misono station. We noticed there were a lot of people trying to get rid of their spare tickets. We got tickets for less than half the price a few days ago... How lucky are we?!

Japan started brightly with quick attack from the start, but failed to create chances from one dimensional offense. There were some good link-up plays in the midfield, but Japan were a bit casual in front of goal where Bahrain defense was tight. Soon we started seeing Japan dispossessing their ball too cheaply.

Japan scored the opener from Nakamura's free kick immediately after restart. This was a free kick that was earned through Tamada's quick counter attack. However, Teruko was unable to see the goal since she went to get some cocoa...

In the end, Japan won 1-0 without really testing their goalkeeper. It was a one-sided match with a header cleared off the line and Uchida hitting the bar, but Japan failed to create too many chances. Japan really need someone who can dictate the midfield and bomb forward. We also need some tempo in attack and controlling the game.






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