KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 29, 2017
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai ended their three-game winless run with a come-from-behind win over Albirex Niigata in the past weekend's round of action in the Japanese J. League.
Vegalta Sendai 2-1 Albirex Niigata
It looked like Sendai were headed towards a loss, but two late goals from Crislan helped the team complete their comeback over Niigata at the Yurtec Stadium.
Schmidt started in goal for Sendai in the win.
After a scoreless first half, Thiago Galhardo scored the first goal of the game for Niigata in the 62nd minute. The play built up on the left side before the ball was sent to the edge of the area. A scramble then ensued for control of the ball and the Brazilian midfielder would finally run on to the loose ball and slot it past Schmidt.
Niigata, which recently appointed Wagner Lopes as their new coach following a string of losses, looked like they were headed towards their second straight league win, but that all ended when Crislan entered the field.
The Brazilian forward leveled the score in the 83rd minute from the penalty spot after being brought down in the area by Seitaro Tomisawa. He added his second goal of the day not long afterward as teammate Katsuya Nagato sent a cross towards him and he finished it off with a brilliant volley.
The win moves Sendai up to 11th place in the standings with 17 points.