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Japan: Jubilo Iwata win J-League Cup in extra-time thriller (+video)

Posted in Asian Football by peterbein on November 4, 2010

Jubilo Iwata won their second J-League Cup at the expense of opponents Sanfreece Hiroshima in a thrilling cup final played on Wednesday. With the game tied at 2-2 after ninety minutes an extra half-hour was needed to determine the latest winners of Japan’s second cup competition.

A crowd of just under 40,000 were present in the National Stadium, Tokyo and they witnessed what proved to be a classic cup final. Keisuke Funatani opened the scoring for Jubilo Iwata after 36 minutes but, just as it seemed that they would hold on to the lead going into the break, Tadanari Lee equalized in the 43rd minute for Sanfreece, who were hoping to win this trophy for the first time in their history. With three minutes played in the second half Sanfreece’s chances of a maiden title increased after Satoru Yamagishi gave the Hiroshima club the lead. With time running out in the game it looked like Jubilo’s cup dreams were dying out but they were resurrected in the 89th minute after Ryoichi Maeda restored parity for Jubilo and, with extra-time looming, the late strike dashed Sanfreece’s hopes and confidence going into the added period of thirty minutes.

Jubilo Iwata took charge in the first half of extra-time with Minoru Suganuma and Ryohei Yamazaki hitting the back of the net and this left Sanfreece with a mountain to climb. They did pull one goal back in the second half of extra-time through a wonderfully struck Tomoaki Makino free-kick but the last word went to Jubilo Iwata’s Ryoichi Maeda. Having taken the game into extra-time with his first goal of the game he sealed the deal with his second goal in the 109th minute and the cup was heading its way back to Iwata for the second time in the club’s history. The win also means that Jubilo Iwata will compete for the 2011 Suruga Bank Championship in which they will meet the winners of the 2010 Copa Sudamericana.

WATCH JUBILO IWATA v SANFREECE HIROSHIMA GOALS HERE:

Japan: Jubilo Iwata come back to reach J-League Cup final

Posted in Asian Football by peterbein on October 10, 2010

J-League CupHaving suffered a 1-0 home defeat in the semi-final first leg just over a week ago Jubilo Iwata turned it around in the second leg against Kawasaki Frontale. The visitors managed a 3-1 second leg victory in order to progress 3-2 on aggregate. In the other second leg tie Sanfreece Hiroshima held out against Shimuzu S-Pulse following a 1-1 draw. Sanfreece won the first leg 1-0 and that proved to be the difference between the two sides overall.

Jubilo Iwata turned it around in their second leg tie but left it very late to claim ultimate victory against Kawasaki Frontale. Kentaro Ohi scored the opening goal for Jubilo after 35 minutes rising highest to head home a Sho Naruoka corner but the lead would last only three minutes when Brazilian forward Juninho pounced to equalize on the night and put Frontale back in front overall. As time went on Jubilo’s chances of progression seemed to be evaporating but they finally got back on track in the 78th minute when Ryohei Yamazaki made it 2-1 on the night and level on aggregate to set up a grandstand finish. The crucial opportunity came with just two minutes of normal time remaining when Sho Naruoka got the winning goal to send the thousands of visiting Jubilo fans into jubilation. Can they win their second J-League Cup twelve years after their first triumph in the competition?

Sanfreece Hiroshima hope that they can spoil things for Jubilo Iwata and claim a maiden triumph in their first final following a 2-1 aggregate win over Shimuzu S-Pulse. Sanfreece scraped a 1-0 win in the first leg and the aggregate lead was doubled midway through the second half after Satoru Yamagishi knocked the ball home in the 65th minute. The home side pulled one back through Shinji Ono with two minutes to play but it proved to be too little too late for Shimuzu whose dreams of a second J-League Cup title were over.

The final between Jubilo Iwata and Sanfreece Hiroshima will be played at the National Stadium in Tokyo with a date in early November most likely but the date has yet to be decided.