Well, it took them four attempts, but champions Antlers finally overcame S-Pulse. After beating them twice at Nihondaira (once in the cup, once in the league), and holding them to a goalless draw at their place, Kashima were not about to let themselves lose any more ground on Nagoya and Omiya at the top of the table.
I wasn't either at the game or watching on the box (so sue me) but the stats tell the story:
Antlers -- S-Pa
16 Shots 8
9 Goalkicks 12
7 Cornerkicks 1
22 Freekicks 11
Stats alone are never that much of a gauge, but by the looks of it, Kashima were desereved winners, and we only won when it come kicking them all over the pitch and not having anyone sent off.
Ah well. Onwards and upwards! Next up is Tokyo away this Saturday. Being so close, you'd probably think we'd be going up to the Ajisuta, but you'd be wrong. We already have a previous engagement with a certain band called Radiohead who we're going to see that night. Tokyo are on form, and getting three points from them won't be easy.
OK, I'm off to do something other than type at a keyboard. have a good week! For anyone who's interested, here's the highlights: