Monday, 19th April 2010
Urawa Reds move to top of J League
Fans of Japanese football were treated to one of the most exciting matches of the season when Urawa Reds faced Kawasaki Frontale at the weekend.
Urawa gained three points in the 3-0 victory, which took them to 16 points overall in the J.League, one point ahead of Shimizu S-Pulse and securing a place at the top of the table.
Both Urawa and Kawasaki were in with a chance of taking pole position in the league and the tension between the rivals made for a tense game, with Hajime Hosogai and Tatsuya Tanaka scoring two goals for Urawa in the first ten minutes.
Urawa coach Volker Finke told the Daily Yomiuri: "I think the fans who came out here today got their money's worth. We went up against one of the big clubs in the J.League, and it was a tough game just as I expected."
However, the Japanese national team were recently beaten 3-0 at home in Osaka by Serbia in a warm-up match ahead of this summer's World Cup.
Written by Kimberley Homer.