Vissel's terrible away form continued today with a 2-0 loss at Niigata. Despite us controlling most of the play in the first half, Albirex came out a rejuvenated team in the 2nd half and grabbed their first goal in the 78th minute - a fantastic header from Chiyotanda, and then they finished us off a few minutes before full time.
We had a number of chances throughout the game but, to be honest, we never really looked like scoring. Marcel had an opportunity to put us in front at one stage but shot well over. He was soon after replaced by Yoshida who I can't even remember touching the ball.
We also finished rather battered. Miyamoto brought himself off with what appeared to be some kind of groin problem, and Kim Nam-Il didn't even make the field after injuring himself in the warm up. The Nabisco cup match away at Kyoto in 3 days may be a chance for some of our irregulars to get a run.