Asian Football Confederation - Champions League 2013

Kashiwa's scoring class downs Mariners
by Chris Dunkerley

Group H - Round 2 - 1st Leg
7:00pm, Wednesday 13 March, 2013
at Hitachi Stadium, Kashiwa

Kashiwa Reysol FC 3
(Leandro Domingues 21’, 88’, Kano Kenta 67')
Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Zwaanswijk 8’)

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A brilliant brace from Brazilian Leandro Domingues put J-League outfit Kashiwa Reysol well on the way gaining a 3-1 victory over Central Coast Mariners in Japan on Wednesday night.It was the finishing class of Kashiwa that stood out.

On a good pitch but with strong swirling cold wind it was Musuhima Tatsuya that had the first chance, drawing a good save from Mat Ryan in the Mariners goal as early as the 5th minute.

The visitors got away to a good start with a goal in the 8th minute. Oliver Bozanic picked Patrick Zwaanswijk out with a corner from the right and almost free he rose to head strongly past the grasping Kashiwa keeper, Sugeno Takanori. 0-1

Kashiwa were looking the more danerous on the break in an open flowing contest, and in the 14th minute had a penalty call probably correctly turned down for Kano.

In the 21st minute in a well rehearsed move Leonardo Domingues went wide right, losing his man Brent Griffiths, and a quick sequence of passes he received the ball through the middle and beat Mat Ryan at his right post to level the scores. 1-1

The Mariners had their best spell of the match but couldn't get a shot on goal, while Masato Kudo sent a header over the crossbar in the 28th minute.

In the 35th minute another header by Patrick Zwaanswijk from a corner from the right was dropped on the line by the keeper, but his defender cleared.

The game deteriorated somewhat in the 2nd half, though Kudo got close enough again to hit the side-netting.

Kashiwa's attacking clas then took its toll. In the 67th minute Kano Kenta got a glancing tough on the fly to a ball from the right and beat Mat Ryan. 2-1

The Mariners pushed up and made substitutes in chasing the game, but in the 88th minute they fell further behind. Dimingues hit a delightful volley to beat Ryan although the custodian did get a hand to it. 3-1

There looked a chance for some consolation for the visitors, when Mitchell Duke who had battled up front all game was tripped in the area. Michael McGlinchey it was who bravely stepped up to take it, given the past 4 misses by the team from the spot. Alas it became 5 when the Kiwi international's shot down the middle was hard but low and Takanori's legs were used to good effect to save.

“The only difference was their number ten, Domingues,” Mariners coach Graham Arnold said. “He’s total quality. His first finish was a great finish. We gave away two cheap goals, and in international football if you give away possession like that you get punished. The third goal from them was absolutely world class,” he added.

“We had five 21-year-olds out there and the performance and the fight tonight was very good, it was more like I expect,” Arnold said. "It’s an experience for the younger boys and they’re only going to get better out of it. We finished the game with six or seven young boys. Sure, it hurts to lose away from home but against the top side we’re not embarrassed.”

Arnold was upbeat, “We’ve got to win our homes games now,” he said. “We’ve got the Chinese at home and we’ve got Reysol at home as well. I am sure we can do that.” The Mariners now need Kashiwa to continue to win their group games against the other two opponents if they are to have a chance of 2nd spot.

In the other group game in South Korea the visitors Guizhou Renhe FC drew 0-0 with Suwon Bluewings FC.

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