Tuesday, August 26, 2008

JEF United v Kawasaki Frontale

J.League Division 1: Sun, 24th August 2008

JEF United 0 - 1 Kawasaki Frontale

Venue: Fukuda Denshi Arena
Attendance: 14,242

Kawasaki Frontale kept up the pressure on the league leaders with victory over JEF United on Sunday night.

Probably fair to say this was an easier win than the 1-0 scoreline suggests. The visitors had a hatful of good goalscoring chances while JEF were limited to a few long-range efforts that required competence rather than brilliance from Eiji Kawashima in the Frontale goal.

Juninho had a decent effort early on. Running at the heart of the JEF defence, he let loose a powerful drive that will have left Masahiro Okamoto's gloves tingling for a good few minutes afterwards.

A better opportunity then fell to Kazu Murakami on the edge of the box, but he went for glory rather than squaring to the unmarked Vitor Junior on his left.

The breakthrough eventually came when a trademark long range pass from Kengo allowed Chong Tese to beat the offside trap and dink an easy lob into the back of the net.

The second half continued in much the same vein, with JEF failing to make any real impression. Chong Tese managed to miss from 5 yards out after good work from Juninho down the left. Then a vicious swerving shot from Kengo (a sight that's been something of a rarity this season) was just about beaten away by a relieved Okamoto in the JEF goal.

All in all, 3 points, clean sheet, job done.


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