J.League vs Jubilo Iwata   

2008 J.League 1st Day 22nd sec,23 August 2008 18:34 Kick off at Saitama Stadium 2002

Match Result
Urawa Reds (3-1) Jubilo Iwata

Goals:42min CULLEN(Iwata), 44min PONTE, 57min HIRAKAWA, 89min TAKAHARA


Comment of the Gert Engels(Team-Manager)
“First of all, I am very pleased that we won this game. As this game was played at our home stadium, I really wanted to win today and it was most important that we achieved this. We had a very rhythmic start in the first half of the game but from around the 20 to 25 minutes into the game, we slowed down too much. There were no players guarding two defensive midfielders of the opponent team. Even though we knew deliveries from the side was the opponent’s strength, our defence line was often waiting around the penalty area and we conceded a goal for that reason. However, we managed to catch up with them and it was significant for us. It would have been mentally challenging if we went into half-time with the score at 0 to 1. Therefore, scoring a goal before half-time was very important for us. As this was the case, we were able to refocus our minds and had a fresh start. In the second half of the game, we were able to play the game at our own pace by paying more attention to the opponent’s defensive midfielders. We scored two goals during the second half and we played very well. We owned the game by playing it at our own pace. We did not score the last goal until towards the end of the game but overall we played the entire second half of the game mostly at our own pace.”

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