As a little rewind and a reminder of what was happening, in case you all forgot. Hiroshima, the table toppers have had contrasting results to say the least this month. Their gap at the top is slowly crumbling, many thanks to Tokyo’s form behind them.
Torres and Iniesta Fail to Make an Impact
Both Spaniards made their debuts in the latest round of fixtures. They were both named as substitutes and made second-half appearances at their new clubs.
Let’s start with Iniesta. Spain’s early elimination from the World Cup meant that Vissel Kobe fans would see their star signing two weeks earlier than planned. They couldn’t wait to see the start of a partnership between him and Lukas Podolski.
What they actually got was far from that. The midfielder came on to his side losing and eventually shipped in three to lose 3-0 in-front of their own fans against Shonan.
Quotes emerged from Iniesta’s first press conference on how he ‘loved’ the Japanese culture, maybe not anymore after that thrashing in his first competitive fixture.
From one La Liga legend to another, Torres was another new signing on the bench for his new side, Sagan Tosu. The difference here is that Sagan are one of the J-League’s biggest strugglers, only picking up three wins from a possible 17.
It wasn’t to be for El Nino, as his side also suffered defeat at home, losing 0-1 to Vegalta Sendai.
Tokyo Ramp up the Pressure
As mentioned earlier, Hiroshima have stuttered compared to their early season form. Tokyo, however, have been getting stronger and really hit full throttle this week. As Hiroshima were drawing 0-0 at bottom side Nagoya, Tokyo couldn’t stop hitting the net.
They won 5-2 against Yokohama, in the process conceding their first goals in five games.
But, they weren’t the weeks biggest scorers. Beaten to that accolade by mid-table Kashima. The Antlers scored six in their demolition of struggling Kashiwa.
Bottom Six Continue to Struggle
The woes at the bottom continued through this week as none of the bottom six could muster up a win. In fact, the only team to even get a point was bottom side Nagoya against top of the table, Hiroshima.
If you think this round of fixtures was bad, just wait for the next as they all have the misfortune of playing teams in the top ten.
This time next week, it could be a similar story. The top bringing misery to the bottom.
Until the next round.