J-League Team of the Week Round 21: Underdogs Consadole and Vissel feature after upsets

J-League

Team Of The Week:

Week 21

Weekly Roundup


GOALKEEPER

Tatsuro Okuda
Sagan Tosu
Okuda's big penalty save was the driving force behind Tosu's surprising 2-1 win at Kawasaki Frontale. The big result propelled them to sixth place in the league standings, just one point behind third-place Reysol.
DEFENDERS

Takuma Hidaka
Consadole Sapporo

Yuji Nakazawa
Yokohama F. Marinos

Masahiko Inoha
Vissel Kobe

Takahito Soma
Vissel Kobe

After Consadole changed their tactics, Hidaka's effectiveness increased and he even appeared in front of the Vegalta goal in delivering the game-tying point. Both of Nakazawa's goals came from set plays as Marinos narrowly escaped against Albirex. Inoha and Soma teamed up to help their ten-man Vissel squad shut down the Reds.


MIDFIELDERS
         
Masaki Yamamoto
Consadole Sapporo

Gaku Shibasaki
Kashima Antlers
         

Renato
Kashima Antlers
                       
Kohei Shimizu
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Yamamoto worked hard on both sides of the ball, but in particular his clever ball distribution and determined play in front of the goal contributed to Consadole's attack. Shibasaki's movement on the ball and positioning were solid as ever. Renato scored a fantastic goal off a free kick, while Shimizu recorded a remarkable volley to secure three points for Sanfrecce.

FORWARDS

Neto Baiano
Kashiwa Reysol

Akihiro Sato
Gamba Osaka
In his J-League debut, Baiano came on as a second-half substitute and changed the pace of the game instantly, even assisting in Jorge Wagner's game-tying goal. Sato's double rescued Gamba from what would have been a morale-crushing derby defeat againsst Cerezo.

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