Monday, November 23, 2009

Oita Trinita v Kawasaki Frontale

J.League Division 1: Sun, 22nd November 2009

Oita Trinita 1 - 0 Kawasaki Frontale

Venue: Kyushu Oil Dome
Attendance: 20,418

In the predictability stakes Sunday's defeat against Oita Trinita is right up there with George Michael's emergence from the closet.

Some things are written in stone. Just as Frontale always lose away to S-Pulse, the league's top-placed team is invariably dealt a kick in the crown jewels by the bottom-placed should their paths cross at the business end of the season.

Not that fate should take all the blame for Sunday's result. Oita have been much improved since their relegation was decided a few weeks back. And there was very little evidence that this was the same side who capitulated so cravenly at Todoroki in the summer.

Frontale need to take a good hard look at themselves too. Caginess has repeatedly been their undoing this season. And yet again there were signs that a more aggressive approach from the outset may have brought rewards.

But who am I trying to kid? It was never going to be a smooth ride to the finishing line. And Kashima now lead Frontale by 2 points with Gamba a further point behind.

Next round sees Frontale in a must-win home tie against Albirex, while Gamba and Kashima face each other. A Gamba win would make things very interesting going into the final day of the season.

The silver lining to this rather cloudy weekend is that ACL football is now virtually guaranteed at Todoroki in 2010. 4th-placed Urawa Reds trail Frontale by 6 points with 2 games to play. But unless they can make up a 20-goal margin (as well as the 6-point gap) it'll be another chance to rack up the airmiles for Kengo et al.


Andy said...

So true about predicting the result of this game. But from other reports Ive heard Oita are a different outfit now they have a new manager.

btw, I have 2 free tickets for the Niigata game, but I cant go.

Fatpapa said...

Does that mean you will be giving the tickets away Nandy?

Andy said...

Hey, thanks for a great season blogging for the Frontale! Your performace and effort reaches heights the team just could not reach in the end.
As you say in a previous post, they remain the "one step" team in 2009, or "2 steps" with regards to Emporers cup.

Hope you didnt give up blogging after the Oita result, look forward to more reports in 2010, a year when the triple is still on for Frontale !

manyar said...

God bless you, Andy!

Certainly not an end to Frontale blogging - merely a hiatus due to unforeseen circumstances.

Hoping to continue in 2010...circumstances permitting.

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