IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES SHIMIZU, Shizuoka Pref. — Shimizu S-Pulse’s hopes of joining Jubilo Iwata in the Club World Championship were dealt a severe blow after a 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabian team Al Hilal in the first leg of the Asian Super Cup at Nihondaira Stadium on Sunday.To make matters worse, S-Pulse will have to do without defender Kazuyuki Toda who was sent off in the 35th minute after bringing down Al Hilal’s Ricardo Perez Tamayo in the box. Compounding Shimizu’s problems, Katsumi Oenoki, the natural replacement for Toda, is also unavailable, having injured his ankle in training last week. In the words of S-Pulse boss Steve Perryman, “We committed suicide” in the last 10 minutes of the first half.With S-Pulse getting off to a confident start before a crowd of 8,000, everything turned around when Japan captain Ryuzo Morioka committed an absolute howler on the edge of the box, allowing Perez to bear down on goal.Toda had little option but to bring him down and was sent off by Syrian referee Mahmoud Al Abbas. Colombian Perez took the penalty himself and blasted the ball past Shimizu keeper Masanori Sanada. With the home team in disarray, the Asian club champion piled on the pressure and this paid off in the first minute of first-half injury time.Nigerian Mbwas Mangut crossed from the right to Nawaf Altemyat who lost his footing and fell on his back. But as the Saudi player fell he lashed out for the ball causing confusion in the S-Pulse defense. The ball ran to Perez who thumped it home from 6 meters.In the second half, S-Pulse reverted to a 4-3-2 formation and went on the attack, knowing that a 2-0 loss at home would be virtually irrecoverable in Saudi Arabia.“I asked them to be men,” Perryman said of his players. “To hold their heads up and play common-sense football.”The players responded well and needed only four minutes after the break to pull a goal back.Alex dragged a corner to Teruyoshi Ito on the right corner of the box and the Shimizu midfielder curled the ball over the Al Hilal defense to Santos, who volleyed the ball home in style.S-Pulse kept the pressure up and had two golden opportunities to draw level. Ito set up Masaaki Sawanobori halfway through the second period, but the usually reliable S-Pulse captain scuffed his shot wide. Then, in injury time, Oliva nodded the ball into Ito’s path but his first touch let him down, allowing Saudi keeper Mohamed Aldeayea to block his shot.At the other end, Al Hilal had several good chances but only once put goalkeeper Sanada under pressure.“We missed three good chances in the second half,” Al Hilal boss Balaci Ilie noted. “But 2-1 is a good result,” adding, “We must respect S-Pulse in the second leg because they are a very good team.”Perryman is confident about the second leg. “They’re a good team, but I don’t think there’s anything to worry about,” he commented. “It’s going to be difficult (to win), but it’s possible.”Perryman is pleased he won’t be seeing erratic referee Al Abbas again — the second-leg referee will be from China.“I like the Chinese,” Perryman said with a wry smile. “And I like Chinese food.”The Asian Super Cup features the Asian Club champion and the Asian Cup Winners’ Cup champion.The second leg will take place in Riyadh on Dec. 11. Reds run riotUrawa Reds, who will return to the J. League first division next season, demolished local qualifier Honda Lock of Miyazaki 9-0 on Sunday as nine second-division sides joined J. League clubs in the Emperor’s Cup third round.Montedio Yamagata was the only J. League second division upset victim in the day’s second-round fixtures, losing 2-1 to JATCO TT.
Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Summer’s not quite over yet as Globe teams up with Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) to bring an action-packed sporting event in the country! A total of 64 players from international (32) and local (32) elite teams will compete in the upcoming FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019 that will happen from May 23 to 26, 2019 at the White House Beach Resort in Boracay.The event will not just focus on the sport of beach volleyball since the participating players will also be at the forefront of the campaign for the use of reusable water containers and sports bottles during the tournament and help raise awareness on the importance of avoiding single-use plastics. Globe and BVR will also work closely with the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, the local government of Malay and White House Beach Resort, the official tournament venue, as part of the efforts to promote sustainable sports tourism.ADVERTISEMENT The program hopes to empower and inspire Filipino underprivileged youth through beach volleyball as a language of hope and as a platform to make the dream of winning in international events come true. The activity is fully supported by Globe and is BVR’s way of promoting the country through beach volleyball as well as paying it forward to the community. Globe will also join BVR’s Sandroots Program Tours throughout the year that includes holding beach volleyball clinics in select provincial communities in Visayas and Mindanao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Beach volleyball is one of the world’s most exciting sports competitions, and it will be a good opportunity for the Philippines and for Globe to showcase the country’s capabilities when it comes to hosting global sporting events while also promoting responsible care for the environment through eco-tourism. We hope many Filipinos will head out to Boracay and witness the world’s best of the best in beach volleyball for a great summer to remember and get ready to #GrowTheGame,” says Issa Cabreira, Head of Consumer Mobile Business at Globe Telecom.Charo Soriano, BVR President, for her part, expressed gratitude to Globe for partnering with them in the hosting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open 2019. “We would like to thank Globe for sharing our vision of promoting sports and eco-tourism in the Philippines through beach volleyball, given the richness and robustness of the country’s natural resources. The Philippines has placed well in past editions of this tournament and I hope we will do well again this year and show the world the kind of up-and-coming powerhouse that we are in the sport of beach volleyball.”AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA hydration area will be set up at the tournament venue for the players where they can fill up their respective reusable water containers or sports bottles. Volleyball fans can also visit the Globe Eco-Booth and show their support with the use of reusable sports bottles. Globe users can get a free reusable water bottle and eco-bag by simply registering to GoSAKTO90 and a free water refilling station will also be put up to quench their thirst while enjoying the tournament.To conclude the weekend, BVR will hold a beach volleyball clinic from 10 AM to 12 noon, which will be participated by over 80 indigenous (Ati) and underprivileged children as part of the group’s Sandroots Development Program for 2019. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Ronaldo not enough as Juve extend Italian domination but fall short in Europe Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments
“We’ve had good results previously against them here in recent times and it’s a great game to be involved in.“The players are already looking at the Rangers game, it brings that excitement to go and perform and get a result.”Johnsen shone for Hearts with his double either side of the break, while the Norwegian-American also had one disallowed over a contentious offside decision.Neilson said: “Bjorn is a good player, it’s taken him a wee while to get used to the way Scottish football is. He came from Bulgaria and he hadn’t really played since January. Hearts boss Robbie Neilson says his players are now looking forward to the midweek Scottish Premiership clash against Rangers after dispatching of Motherwell.Bjorn Johnsen bagged a brace with Jamie Walker completing the scoring for the Jam Tarts in a comprehensive 3-0 win over Motherwell at Tynecastle.Neilson’s side will move back up to second if they beat Mark Warburton’s side on Wednesday and the Hearts boss highlighted how his players are now raring to go.He said: “It’s huge for us, it’s a massive game and a great game to be involved in – it’s a while since they’ve been there. “It was important we gave him time. I think he showed that he has real quality. He’s been playing well the last couple of games he’s been involved.“I think you can see he is a handful. His fitness levels aren’t where they could be, he’s still got a bit to go.”