A 14 minute burst that featured a brace from Naohiro Ishikawa and a third goal in four games from Aria Hasegawa saw The Gasmen turn the game on its head, cancelling out Keiji Tamada's first half opener, but there were some anxious moments in the closing minutes after Kensuke Nagai pulled it back to 3-2 with an 87th minute goal.
The Tokyo XI showed just one change from the win over Omiya, with Ishikawa replacing Tatsuya Yazawa, but there was some fantastic squad news, with Takuji Yonemoto returning to the 18 for the first time in 11 months following his knee injury sustained at Chiba last April.
Hasegawa started the game alongside Hideto Takahashi in central midfield with Yohei Kajiyama further forward supporting Lucas, and the opening exchanges were fairly even as both sides looked to construct play from the back. Nagoya looked threatening at times, with Josh Kennedy proving an excellent link man, and though Tokyo had some success working the ball down the right through Ishikawa and Yuhei Tokunaga, Aria seemed to be trying a little too hard on his home debut and played some terrible passes when a cooler head was needed.
After a couple of early warnings, we found ourselves behind in the 36th minute, with Kennedy the architect. The big Aussie pounced on a loose ball and slipped a perfect first-time through ball right down the middle for Tamada to run on to, and with Masato Morishige caught up the pitch and Kenichi Kaga flat-footed, Tamada ran in on Shuichi Gonda and slipped the ball past him and inside the far post.
Nagoya seemed content to keep things tight as the second half got going, but their nightmare began in the 59th minute, when Tokyo drew level thanks to a well-worked set up, a bit of luck and a calm finish. Kosuke Ota, who had the best game of his young Gasmen career on this night, advanced into the box on the left, slipped the ball to Hasegawa who knocked it forward to Naotake Hanyu, who was well covered about ten yards out. Roswell turned and shot and the ball deflected off a defender right into the path of Ishikawa on the right, who tapped in past a despairing Seigo Narazaki.
|Had a poor game, scored a great goal.|