J.League Division 1 live-blog: 大宮アルディージャ (Omiya Ardija) v. セレッソ大阪 (Cerezo Osaka)

0 Min: Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s liveblog in which I’ll be providing minute-by-minute coverage of Omiya Ardija versus Cerezo Osaka at the NACK5 Stadium. I’ll be bringing you team news within the next 5 minutes.

0 Min: Omiya Ardija – Kitano; Watabe, Kikuchi, Kim, Shimohira; Aoki, Carlinhos, Watanabe, Cho, Kanakubo; Rafael

0 Min: Cerezo Osaka – Kim; Moniwa, Fujimoto, Sakemoto, Takahashi; Ogihara, Yamaguchi, Kim, Kiyotake, Branquinho; Kempes

0 Min: Omiya Ardija Subs – Ezumi; Kataoka, Fukaya; Kanazawa, Ueda; Ichikawa, Hasegawa

0 Min: Cerezo Osaka Subs – Matsui; Yamashita, Funatsu; Kakitani, Kurogi; Bando, Nagai

0 Min: Just the one change for Omiya Ardija from last week’s draw with Nagoya Grampus, Daigo Watanabe replacing Kota Ueda in the midfield, while there are two changes to the Cerezo defence, Kota Fujimoto and Daisuke Takahashi coming in at the expense of Masato Kurogi and Tatsuya Yamashita.

0 Min: And we’re underway, Cerezo Osaka commencing proceedings.

3 Mins: A bright start from Ardija, plenty of possession and good linking play, combined with Cerezo giving the ball away much too cheaply.

4 Mins: An exchange of passes between Daigo Watanabe and Daisuke Watabe finds Rafael on the right edge of the penalty area, but his attempted turn into the box is cut out well by the Cerezo defence.

6 Mins: Young-Cheol Cho with the first shot of the game following good work from Rafael to find him on the Omiya left, his shot at distance testing Jin-Hyun Kim who gathers low to his right.

8 Mins: Takumi Shimohira is the first in the book, although he may feel hard done by as he was withdrawing his leg when Yamaguchi tripped over.

9 Mins: From the resulting free-kick, Bo-Kyung Kim unleashes a powerful shot from 30 yards which Takashi Kitano parries and then collects at the second attempt.

9 Mins A lovely pass from Hiroshi Kiyotake nearly finds Kempes, but defender Young-Gwon Kim takes the ball away from the Brazilian forward with an excellent interception.

12 Mins: Rafael seeing plenty of possession in these early stages for Omiya Ardija, and attempts to play a pass from the left-wing for Jun Kanakubo which is a little too heavy and goes through for a goal kick.

14 Mins: Branquinho, who finds himself alone in plenty of space in the Cerezo left channel, brings the ball closer to goal, and with options around him and under pressure, chooses to shoot, which hits Daisuke Watabe.

18 Mins: Carlinhos with what appears to be his first major contribution of the match drifts a lovely pass to Young-Cheol Cho, who fails to control. Cho then strikes from outside the area, attempting to bend into the top right from the left side of the penalty area, but his effort is some way off target.

20 Mins: Kempes goes very close for the visitors, bringing the ball inside two defenders and shooting left-footed. Takashi Kitano just gets his hand to it to force the ball past his left post. Kitano punches strongly from the corner, and the danger is cleared.

22 Mins: Midway through the first half, and a fairly scrappy game so far. There have been a number of misplaced passes from both sides, Rafael and Carlinhos particularly at fault for the home side, and so far it’s an even contest in midfield, both sides opting for a 4-2-3-1 and cancelling each other out to a large degree.

23 Mins: Hiroshi Kiyotake wins a debatable corner from Daisuke Watabe. Branquinho takes it short, and the ball is returned to him, his cross is punched away by Kitano and Ardija launch a counter attack, Daigo Watanabe and Takumi Shimohira seeing efforts blocked but the centre-back winning a corner for Ardija.

26 Mins: The corner from Carlinhos is cleared, but Shimohira swings in a cross, and lovely control on the chest from Kosuke Kikuchi gives him time to shoot left footed in the penalty area which is just wide of Kim’s left post.

29 Mins: Shimohira nearly sends Young-Cheol Cho through on the Cerezo goal, but Kim is out quickly to thwart the left midfielder.

30 Mins: Branquinho takes a free-kick from the left parallel to the 18 yard line, which Hiroshi Kiyotake meets. The ball is heading goalwards but a deflection from Rafael sends it seemingly for a corner, the referee wrongly awarding a goal kick.

32 Mins: Another free kick in a dangerous area for Cerezo, this time on the right, Branquinho crossing and Kempes directs his header to the bottom right, Kitano diving and sharply saving. Signs Cerezo just starting to dominate.

36 Mins: Corner for Cerezo, a cheeky flick from Kempes coming off Watabe after clever play on the right from Bo-Kyung Kim.

39 Mins: Young Cheol-Cho, following a pass from Rafael, wastes an opportunity for an Omiya Ardija break, directing his floated cross straight into the hands of Kim.

42 Mins: Cho, better this time, confuses Noriyuki Sakemoto on the left touchline, pulling the ball back to Young-Gwon Kim, but his cross finds Rafael in an offside position.

43 Mins: Rafael finds Daigo Watanabe in the penalty area, but an excellent tackle from Kota Fujimoto takes the ball away from his feet just as he was lining up to shoot.

44 Mins: POST! Cerezo break, Hiroshi Kiyotake passing to Kempes, and his first time pass to the right of the penalty area is collected by Branquinho. He fires a shot which hits the right post and goes for a goal kick. The closest we’ve come to a goal so far.

45 Mins: Into first half stoppage time, a match that thus far has been light on quality and incident, save for Branquinho’s quality at set pieces and his shot which hit the post, and the occasional piece of skill from Kempes, Hiroshi Kiytake and Young-Cheol Cho.

45 Mins+1: And there’s the half-time whistle. Omiya will be expecting better from Carlinhos in the second period, whose passing and decision making has been uncharacteristically poor to this point.

HT: Omiya Ardija 0 Cerezo Osaka 0

45 Mins: The referee blows for the start of the second half, and we’re back underway at the NACK5 Stadium.

48 Mins: Cerezo should be leading in this match. Kempes receives the ball on the left, and doing brilliantly to stay on his feet – arguably he could have been given a penalty with Takuya Aoki’s challenge little more than a a hold and barge – passes to Branquinho. He takes a first time shot from four yards but fires wide of the left post with the goal at his mercy.

50 Mins: PENALTY! Branquinho takes a free-kick from 40 yards, and Daisuke Watabe is clearly pulling Kempes back, who would have been clean through on goal. Watabe is booked, and while he protests, there should be little complaint about the decision.

52 Mins: GOAL! Hiroshi Kiyotake is the man to take the penalty. While Kitano guesses correctly, Kiyotake drives a superb penalty into the bottom right corner. There’s nothing Kitano could do about that.

52 Mins: Omiya Ardija 0 Cerezo Osaka 1

54 Mins: GOAL! Kiyotake links well with Hotaru Yamaguchi, and Kiyotake’s pass into the box is collected by Kempes. His flick should be cut out by Young-Gwon Kim, but his miscontrols, and the ball falls to Bo-Kyung Kim, who shoots, deflecting off Young-Gwon Kim and into the net.

54 Mins: Omiya Ardija 0 Cerezo Osaka 2

56 Mins: Omiya Ardija make their first change, Daisuke Watabe being replaced by midfielder Kota Ueda.

58 Mins: Carlinhos bends a free-kick from the Omiya right, which is headed powerfully goalwards by Daisuke Kikuchi. Unfortunately for the Squirrels, it’s straight at Kim.

59 Mins: Hiroshi Kiyotake goes into the book for kicking the ball away, shortly after Bo-Kyung Kim had also received a yellow card for Cerezo.

60 Mins: Ardija attacking at will, but with one fewer in defence they are vulnerable to quick counter-attacks. Branquinho releases Kempes on the right, but he is on his own, and shut down by Young-Gwon Kim, slices a shot well wide of the right post.

62 Mins: Bo-Kyung Kim collects a pass from Branquinho on the right, and turning inside, bends a left-footed shot narrowly over the left upright.

65 Mins: Cerezo under sustained pressure, and Rafael finds the net with a shot into the bottom left corner, a lovely chipped cross from Daigo Watanabe allowing the Brazilian to control and turn, but it is ruled out for offside. It seems a marginal decision.

67 Mins: GOAL! My worries about Omiya’s depleted defence were accurate. A quick counter-attack leads to Branquinho finding the ball midway in the Omiya half, and with Bo Kyung-Kim overlapping, he lays the ball off to the Korean, and his shot is too strong for Kitano, beating him on his left side.

67 Mins: Omiya Ardija 0 Cerezo Osaka 3

68 Mins:Kempes goes close for Cerezo this time, shooting across the angle from the left, and with Kitano beaten, it just beats Kitano’s left post.

70 Mins: The first substitution for the visitors, Yoichiro Kakitani replacing Branquinho.

71 Mins: It’s safe to say the two goals for Cerezo in the space of two minutes changed the complexion of this match entirely, and the third has killed off any attempted Ardija fightback.

73 Mins: A terrific run from Yoichui Kakitani turns Kosuke Kikuchi inside out following a move which began with goalkeeper Kim, and Kitano stops at his near post to prevent what would have been an outstanding goal. Kitano, who has probably been Ardija’s best performer, then collects the corner in the centre of his six yard box.

76 Mins: A further replacement for Ardija, Jun Kanakubo making way for Ju Hasegawa. His first action is to defend another Cerezo corner, which Kitano catches easily.

78 Mins: Daigo Watanabe tries his luck from distance on the Omiya right, but his left-footed effort fails to trouble Kim, sliding well over the cross bar.

80 Mins: The eighth corner for Cerezo is taken short, but Omiya defend well and draw the ball away from the penalty area. Takumi Shimohira crosses from close to the goalline on the left, which goalkeeper Kim takes. The goalkeeper requires some attention in the meantime, colliding with an Omiya forward when landing.

81 Mins: Ryuji Bando will have ten minutes for Cerezo, Kempes’s contribution to this match now over.

83 Mins: Cerezo making their final change of the afternoon, goalscorer Hiroshi Kiyotake being substituted for Ryo Nagai. Kiyotake had been warned of his conduct following his booking.

86 Mins: A deflected shot from Kosuke Kikuchi from 25 yards is seen early enough by Takashi Kitano to change direction and catch in the right of his goal.

87 Mins: Assuming Omiya don’t score three goals in as many minutes, this will be the first ever J.League Division 1 victory for Cerezo Osaka at Omiya Ardija.

88 Mins: A moment which sums up Ardija’s frustrating afternoon. Ju Hasegawa miscontrols in the penalty from a Rafael pass. Had he controlled, he would have had a very good chance to score.

90 Mins: There will be four minutes of stoppage time. Takuya Aoki lines up a shot from 23 yards, but it’s wide of Kim’s left post, who had the shot convered.

90 Mins+2: Cerezo Osaka have a 4 v 2, Kakitani’s run taking him to the edge of the penalty area. He turns inside a defender and is one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but Kitano closes down the angle and Kakitani shoots straight at him. It should really have been four.

90 Mins+3: It should really have been four again. Ryuji Bando collects a pass inside the Ardija penalty area, but his left footed shot across the angle from 8 yards is just wide of Kitano’s left post.

90 Mins+4: The referee blows his whistle to bring this match to a close.

FT: Omiya Ardija 0 Cerezo Osaka 3

FT: Three goals inside fourteen minutes ended Omiya’s hopes, a Kiyotake penalty and then two added by Bo-Kyung Kim sealing the victory for Cerezo which lifts them into third in the table on goal difference as it stands.

FT: Thank you for joining me. A full match report will follow later today.

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