J.League Division 1: Thu, 17th July 2008
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|TANIGUCHI 75', 88'||YAJIMA 15'|
Venue: Todoroki Stadium
Hiroyuki Taniguchi celebrated his selection for the Olympic squad with 2 late goals to secure victory over Shimizu S-Pulse on Thursday night. This result catapults Frontale up to 6th place, just 6 points behind league leaders Urawa Reds whom they visit on Monday.
The home team struggled to make much impression on the S-Pulse defence in the first half and, despite having the better of the play, found themselves a goal down at the interval.
In the second half Takahata shuffled his pack to focus on all-out attack, and Frontale looked a much more dangerous prospect. This did leave things open at the back and there were good chances for S-Pulse to increase their lead before Taniguchi eventually evened things up.
The equaliser was a touch scrappy - a Juninho cross somewhat fortuitously deflected past the last defender and keeper by Kurotsu, leaving Taniguchi with the simplest of tap-ins. The winner, on the other hand, followed some great play from Juninho, threading a delicious ball through to Yamagishi whose fierce cross the keeper could only block into the path of the onrushing Taniguchi.
The difficulty Frontale face now is trying to string a few wins together. What better way to start than with revenge against Urawa on Monday!