S-Pulse 3-1 Sendai
Kim 70, 92 ----------------- Sugai 14
DF Lee (75)
FW Kim (56)
Senuma on for Miyoshi (65)
Yoshida on for Omae (95)
Shirasaki on for Ishige (96)
Blimey, that's four wins taken off the two best teams in the country. Hiroshima and Sendai done both home and away. Credit where it's due as that is no small accomplishment.
A couple of changes with Hayashi back between the sticks the most noticeable. Kaito hasn't been playing badly, so I guess it's just another chance for Hayashi to stake a claim to the keeper spot. New signing Miyoshi made his first start, and Hattanda was back in midfield.
Sendai, going for the title and one of the higher scoring teams in the league, were limited to just three shots all game, with none whatsoever in the second half. The visitors lost Kamata to two yellows in five minutes around the hour mark, and that undoubtedly effected the outcome.
Kim got his first goal, predictably from his head, on the 70th minute. It had been coming since he joined and he was unlucky that he had to wait so long. He doubled his tally deep in injury time with a cheeky lob from just outside the centre circle. Lovely stuff!
Senuma made it two from two appearances with a well headed in effort from a corner. He's still a student and not with us full time until next season, so he must be setting some new S-Pulse history right now.
Very good result against a good team, and it bodes well considering we've just lost Brosque. This is a young team finding its feet and only going to get better. Bring on the scum on Saturday!! A win could put us 4th!
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