KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
A second-half goal ensured Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai earned a point in their game against Sagan Tosu as the J1 League returned to action following the international break.
Sagan Tosu 1-1 Vegalta Sendai
Substitute Yoshihiro Nakano's goal helped Vegalta Sendai bounce back to steal a point from Sagan Tosu at the Best Amenity Stadium.
It was a rather quiet first half, with both team rarely taking chances at goal. Sendai's Naoki Ishihara had the best chance in the half when took a left-footed strike at goal. However, Tosu goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda had no problems making the save.
The host would open the scoring minutes into the second half when Riki Harakawa collected a pass from teammate Yutaka Yoshida at the top of the penalty area and unleashed a shot that deflected off Sendai defender Yasuhiro Hiraoka and into the goal, leaving Schmidt to only ponder what would have been a save.
Sendai pushed for the equalizer and was rewarded in the 72nd minute as Nakano pounced on the loose ball in the area following a corner kick.
Tosu had a chance to win late in stoppage time when Yohei Toyoda made a run towards the goal with the ball. However, Schmidt would deny him the chance as he ran towards the top of the area and poked the ball away with his right hand.
The tie leaves Sendai in 11th place with 21 points.