Competition: J.League Division 1
Date: Sunday, 1st August 2010 (19:00 kick off)
Venue: Todoroki Stadium
DF KOMIYAMA (yellow card 74')
MF INAMOTO (replaced by YOKOYAMA 64' (yellow card 86'))
MF KUSUKAMI (replaced by RENATINHO 80')
MF VITOR JUNIOR
FW KUROTSU (replaced by TANIGUCHI 82' (yellow card 84'))
Now, that's more like the Frontale we all know and love - shambolic and inspired in almost equal measure.
Two goals down at the half-hour mark, only the most die-hard amongst the Frontale faithful would have envisaged a 3-2 final score. Which is strange, because it seems like only yesterday (and I suppose it is only really last season) when the boys in blue were renowned for this sort of comeback.
As it stands, the team is still clinging onto the title race by the skin of its teeth. However, with the wins against Sendai and Kyoto feeling more like points gained than the draws against Omiya and Yamagata have felt like points dropped, something's going to have to change if we're to keep pace with the likes of Kashima, Shimizu and Nagoya - all currently looking much more convincing as would-be champions.