J.League Division 1: Sat, 10th May 2008
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|EDMILSON 62' (pen.)|
Venue: Todoroki Stadium
To say Frontale deserved to get something out of the game on Saturday would be an understatement. Rather this performance should serve to confirm the team's return to form.
It was a fairly cagey first half, with the home side playing the more fluid football. Urawa admittedly looked more dangerous on their limited forays into the final third of the pitch.
The game pivoted on the penalty decision midway through the second half. A nice backheel from Tulio put Takahara through on goal. Igawa slid in with a challenge that may have caught some of the ball and may have been outside the penalty area, but the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Clearly feeling hard-done-by, Frontale had their best spell of the game and put the Reds defence under some real pressure. This culminated in a goalmouth scramble that initially seemed to hit a defender's arm before Taniguchi bundled the ball into the back of the net.
However, the equaliser wasn't allowed to stand as the linesman had his flag up for offside. This despite Yamada being stood on the goalline as the ball was played in to Taniguchi.
Frontale continued to control possession and press Urawa for the rest of the game, but there was a sense that their chance had come and gone. Juninho and Taniguchi had decent efforts on goal, but the Reds defence held firm.