RECAP: WEEKEND JAPANESE ACTION
Daniel Schmidt and Vegalta Sendai had a field day as they had their way with Sagan Tosu in the latest round of J1 League action over the weekend.
Vegalta Sendai 4-1 Sagan Tosu
Vegalta Sendai played their best game of the season as they had comfortable time dispatching Sagan Tosu at the Yurtec Stadium.
With several games left, Sendai hopes to gain enough points to finish the season strong as they appear to be out of danger of a relegation battle with the bottom six teams.
The host got on the scoreboard 11 minutes into their encounter when Naoki Ishihara got his foot on the ball following a cross from teammate Shota Kobayashi. Tosu goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda did make a challenge for the ball, but he was just beat to it. Unfortunately, his attempted forced him out of the game as he was stretchered off with an injury.
Schmidt was called into action in the 23rd minute when Tosu forward Victor Ibarbo headed an effort towards goal, but the netminder did well to parry it away.
Gakuto Natsuda double Sendai's lead just before the halftime whistle when he fired a low shot under Tosu's substitute goalkeeper Taku Akahoshi.
Sendai kept the momentum going in the second half as Hirotaka Mita notched their third in the 54th minute. Hiroaki Okuno chested the ball down in the area for the captain and he went on to unleash a left-footed strike that left Akahoshi motionless as the ball rolled into the back of the net.
Ishihara scored his second of the game in the 74th minute as he headed the ball in from close range.
Ibarbo scored a consolation goal for Tosu in stoppage time as Sendai rolled on to a comfortable win.
Sendai sits in 12th place in the standings with 32 points.