J.League vs Albirex Niigata   

2008 J.League 2nd Day 30th sec,26 October 2008 14:04 Kick off at Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium

Match Result
Albirex Niigata (0-1) Urawa Reds

Goals:80min HOSOGAI


Comment of the Gert Engels(Team-Manager)
Due to pressure, our team played slightly rigid game during the first half. Even though the players had good formations and positions and the defence players remained focused, we could not play the game in a natural way. Both our opponent and our team members had some good opportunities from set pieces. In the second half of the game, we had to be more aggressive as we obviously had to win today’s game. I think we were able to do so. We created several interesting moments as well as good opportunities right after the second half started. We were able to play the game in our opponent’s side of the field and that was most important. We were slightly slower later on. However, Hosogai was able to score a goal and we were taking the lead by one to nil. That forced our opponent to come forward. They managed to create a good chance to score a goal from a set piece. However, our team remained concentrated and defended the opponent well. We were able to earn 3 points today for the first time after a while and it was very good. Everyone in the team hung on tough under such pressure. Everyone was able to refocus his mind after we lost the ACL semi final match against Gamba Osaka. Today’s game was not a physically easy game as we all had to spend most of our energy on Wednesday. However, we regained our energy for today. It was fantastic that we did our best until the end of the game.

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