Emperor's Cup: Round 3: Wed, 11th November 2009
|3 - 1|
Venue: Todoroki Stadium
On a wet Wednesday night at Todoroki, a slightly experimental Frontale side progressed comfortably to the 4th round of the Emperor's Cup with a 3-1 victory over J2's Kataller Toyama.
The home team were without Kawashima (off on international duty with Japan), Mori (still in the naughty corner after Nabisco-gate) and Kengo (out injured for 2 weeks), while Sekizuka decided to give Kikuchi, Taniguchi and Juninho a rest. This saw rare starts given to Kurotsu and Kimura, both of whom seized the opportunity to impress.
It was heartening to see Terada back in action after several months on the physio's couch. Likewise with the returning Yajima, who scored the match-killing goal within minutes of being subbed in for Chong Tese.
Frontale now face Yokohama F Marinos (for the 5th time this season!) in the next round which will be played at Nissan Stadium on Sunday.