With an early undeserved two-goal deficit the game had to be turned around and manager Masanobu Matsunami asked for more from his players, and he got it, eventually. The first strike on the way back to redemption came in the 27th minute when Patric headed home a pinpoint cross from Hiroki Fujiharu - who had been greatly missed on the left during his extended injury problems - and the deficit was halved. Minutes later, it was Patric again, half-volleying into the roof of the net from close range. Takashi Usami sent in a deep cross from the left, which was volleyed back across goal by Shinya Yajima for Patric to finish. 2-2 at the break and back on level terms.
The 2nd half proved to be much less action-packed as both teams looked for the winning goal but neither caused the opposition 'keeper a real problem as the game petered out into the draw that we had seen at the break.
Team - Higashiguchi, Shoji, Miura, Kim, Onose, Fujiharu (Kurokawa, 52), Ideguchi (Wellington Silva, 90+2), Yajima (Kurata, 67), Okuno, Usami (Ono, 90+2), Patric (Leandro Pereira, 67)
PATRIC 27', 31'