In the 118th minute, Bellmare Hiratsuka’s Hidetoshi Nakata skipped past 3 defenders and fired a shot from 20yards out. The Iranian goalkeeper did well enough to palm off the ball but only as far as to the running path of Urawa Reds’ “Wild-Man” Masayuki Okano.
Japanese football has been constantly on the rise. Especially for the past few years, the awareness and following of their second division football is huge. Officially known as Meiji Yasuda J2 League, this league only professionalized in 1999 although second division football has been around