Japan’s Nadeshiko League

Japan’s Nadeshiko League Match Results 6th May 2015

Week 7

Vegalta Sendai 2 – 1 Speranza Takatsuki

Sendai: 81‘ Giovania, 87’ Haruka Hamada

Takatsuki: 44’ Yui Narumiya

Attendance: 1,370

Shots: Sendai 12 – 3 Takatsuki

Corners: Sendai 6 – 2 Takatsuki


Elfen Saitama 0 – 0 Iga Kunoichi

Attendance: 483

Shots: Saitama 3 – 17 Iga

Corners: Saitama 1 – 5 Iga


Yunogo Belle 2 – 2 Urawa Reds

Yunogo: 14’ Miki Matsuoka, 45+3’ Makiko Kobayashi

Urawa: 60’ Kiko Seike, 85’ Natsuki Kishikawa

Attendance: 1,842

Shots: Yunogo 3 – 10 Urawa

Corners: Yunogo 4 – 7 Urawa


NTV Beleza 2 – 1 INAC Kobe

NTV: 39‘ & 72‘ Mina Tanaka

Kobe: 41‘ Nahomi Kawasumi

Attendance: 4,373

Shots: NTV 7 – 8 Kobe

Corners: NTV 5 – 5 Kobe


Albirex Niigata 0 – 0 JEF Chiba

Attendance: 3,174

Shots: Niigata 4 – 6 Chiba

Corners: Niigata 4 – 4 Chiba


Match Updates Thanks to Ken Suzuki



  1. Terence Fullick 6 years ago

    Many thanks Ken for a great report, and you are right in that the Nadeshiko won the hearts of the world in 2011 by the way they played and conducted themselves, I find it quite sad that here in the US the current spate of TV ads for the US Womens Team shows them in an almost angry , very aggressive mode for this years World Cup.
    Needless to say, I shall be cheering on Miyama the Magnificent along with her team mates as they once again prove that heart, skill, and a love of the game, will overcome the aggression and win at all costs , attitude of their major rivals.

  2. Ken Suzuki 6 years ago

    I went to the Yunogo vs. Urawa.

    Yunogo Belle started with two rookies freshly out of their high-schools—Morisako from Sakuyo and Okubo from Junshin.

    Morisako – Matsuoka
    Okubo – Miyama – Kobayashi – Asano
    Mizushima – Nakajima – Takahashi – Kado

    Urawa used the same formation that worked in the previous game.

    Goto – Seike
    Kira – Naomoto – Kishikawa – Shibata
    Kitagawa – Kohata – Norimatsu – Kurishima

    The left-back, Hikaru Kitagawa, is a 17-year-old intern from JFA Academy who was also in the winning U17 team in Costa Rica. The kick-off was 1pm, local time.

    The game was practically the young Urawa Reds vs. two international big names—Aya Miyama and Miho Fukumoto. Yunogo scored two goals in the first half and both goals were made possible by Miyama’s corner kick. And what a corner kick each one is!!! The first was pinpointed to where her teammate Miki Matsuoka can jump and head most easily. The second was pinpointed to where it causes defense consternation—too far for goalie to jump to but too near to the goal for defenders to kick in risk of own goal—which Makiko Kobayashi exploited. Although my personal expectation for the team going to Canada this year is very low Miyama the Magnificent can impress the whole world again.

    At 33’ Morisako was replaced by another rookie, Sana Kishino, because of injury. She stayed in the bench till the end of game but was on crutches.

    Anyway, at the half-time

    Yunogo 2 – 0 Urawa
    Yunogo: 14’ Miki Matsuoka, 45+3’ Makiko Kobayashi

    Also, the Urawa’s goal-keeper, Chika Hirao, got injured when the second goal was scored (difficult to see how it happened from where I was.) She was flat and motionless on ground for minutes before she was carried on stretcher at last. We couldn’t even tell if she was conscious, and we soon heard an unmistakable sound of ambulance. Obviously Hirao was rushed to a hospital.

    Urawa began the second half with two sub-ins. Ikeda in place of the injured Hirao, and the rookie, Akari Shiraki, from Tokiwagi Gakuen high-school, to replace Kira, the left-wing of the first half. Seike moved from front to right-wing, Shibata moved from right-wing to left-wing.

    Goto – Shiraki
    Shibata – Naomoto – Kishikawa – Seike
    Kitagawa – Norimatsu – Kohata – Kurishima

    Now our eleven on pitch include two Akari’s (Shiraki, Kurishima) in addition to two Hikaru’s (Naomoto, Kitagawa). “Akari” means “illumination” while “Hikaru” means “to shine.” The team is supposed to shine bright!

    Whether or not they shone bright, they most certainly controlled the ball and ruled the game after half-time. The ball hardly left the Belle-side of the pitch. The two hardest-workers were Shibata on the left and Seike on the right who dribbled up numerous times—Shibata by agility, Seike by speed—and sent cross in or made her own shot.

    Here, however, we met the Belle’s persistence expressed most by (who else it can be?) Aya Miyama.

    In fact, Miyama in Yunogo Belle is much more than a kicker of great precision. Since her team lost most of its experienced defenders before the 2014 season she is super-busy both in offense and defense. This match is no different. Whenever the Reds sent a pass to a would-be scorer in the box the Belle’s #10 was there to intercept. As result the Urawa’s number of shots was kept as low as ten, unbelievable quantity for anyone who viewed how they ruled the game.

    The Reds finally made result at 60’. Kitagawa sent pass to Shibata who dribbled in then sent a high ball to Seike who headed it into net. Now, Yunogo 2 – 1 Urawa.

    Then, at 73’, Urawa made a surprising substitution. Naomoto was replaced by the 16-year-old Fuka Nagano, Kitagawa’s teammate in Costa Rica. Since Naomoto was showing no hint of injury it must be a tactical change, whatever the coach’s intention might be.

    In my eyes, Nagano did her job, if not better than Naomoto. And Urawa’s equalizer was made in the chain of events initiated by Nagano. Her shot was deflected on a Belle player. The referee called handball and ordered penalty.

    I was sitting in the middle of the front-side stand and in my eyes there is no doubt the ball hit the defender’s arm. No one knows if it was intentional, of course. But all Belle players protested. They surrounded the ref for minutes. Of course the referee never changes decision. When the Belle players left her at last she issued a yellow to Miyama for such protesting. (If I know Miyama she is too wise to do such a pointless protest. However, it is possible she saw she couldn’t stop her furious teammates and decided to lead the protest to make sure whatever ensuing punishment would fall on her.)

    So, at 85’, Natsuki Kishikawa kicked the penalty and scored the equalizer.

    After the equalizer, as well as before it, the game was solidly ruled by Urawa Reds. Shibata and Seike continued their efforts from their sides. Once, a beautiful cross came in to which Shiraki dashed to kick it in. Everyone saw it as a game-winner and Shiraki’s first goal in the top division. Here, however, it was Fukumoto, another established international, who punched it out. At the 90+3’, the referee whistled for the full-time. The final score:

    Yunogo 2 – 2 Urawa
    Yunogo: 14’ Miki Matsuoka, 45+3’ Makiko Kobayashi
    Urawa: 60’ Kiko Seike, 85’ Natsuki Kishikawa

    When the referees walked away from the pitch we saw the Yunogo’s coach, Kaori Taneda, ran to them, and talked hotly until Miyama came and said something.

    Let me make a small talk.

    In the eyes of majority people, myself included, the Nadeshikos appeared suddenly and out of nowhere in the 2011 cup. As we learned more about these women we came to know they are not only dedicated but also very fair footballers. One reason to deem them fair is that they never challenge officials and always accept decisions, even the craziest ones. On August 17, 2014, we witnessed a scene that cements such reputation of theirs. What the refs did in this match is far beyond something to be explained away as “mistake.” So many people, of which I’m one, still believe it was a deliberate act to steal from Urawa Reds Ladies the title of the Regular Series (first stage.) We saw our young ladies fell on ground and broke into tears, but none of the players or coaches made any protest.

    At the same time, we know some teams of this league do protest, even hotly and tenaciously, despite the fact they occasionally benefit from crazy judgment made in their favor (as in the case of Aug. 17.) In fact, the YC for Miyama is the second one I saw in five months issued against protest. The one in December was issued in the Empress Cup quarter-final, Kobe vs. Chiba, after Chiba scored their game-winning goal. This speaks for an interesting truth of life; the more you are favored by judges, the more you take it as your birthright, and the less you can accept any decision not friendly to you.

    But I always believed Yunogo Belle is the same type of team with Urawa Reds (and NTV Beleza, Albirex Niigata, Iga Kunoichi) in this perspective. If their current struggling unrewarded by result changed them nothing is more regrettable.

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