■ Dramatic victory from behind with two ace shots
Kobe faced Gamba Osaka in the J1 League 30th round on September 18. It was Gamba Osaka away who scored the first goal as it became a game neither team could lose due to the remaining team. In the 54th minute, Keisuke Kurokawa crept into the left of the penalty area and sent a low cross in front of goal, which Leandro Pereira equalized to score. He took the lead against Kobe, who was aiming for a winning streak. The game went 0-0, but Kobe made up for it in the closing stages. In the 83rd minute, when Yoshinori Muto was fouled in the penalty area and awarded a penalty, the kicker was Yuya Osako, who had been on the pitch since the start of the second half. It was a kick that put a lot of pressure on him, but he pushed past goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi and stabbed him into the bottom left corner of the goal, bringing the score back to square one. The game does not end there. In the 93rd minute, Yutaro Oda, who carried the ball near the penalty arc, was knocked down and Muto, who recovered the loose ball, dispatched Osako with a single touch. Although trap number 10 floated, he chose a volley shot from inside the area. The ball was sucked into the bottom left corner of the penalty area, leading the home side to a last-minute comeback. Kobe won the game 2-1. Appearing for the first time in about a month, and with the success of the ace taking 2 points on the middle introduction, he got a valuable 3 points.
Talking with Lewis Coach is a hot topic
After the match, Kobe gave a behind-the-scenes look at the G Osaka match on the official YouTube channel. In the video, Mr. Lewis approaches Osako who returns to the locker room after finishing the game. At that time, Mr. Lewis said with a smile, “Moriyasu call me, Moriyasu call me!” to the ace who scored two goals. Osako also smiled broadly at this joke, and both were overjoyed with the win. Fans who saw this scene commented: “It’s hot that Lewis and Osako are happy”, “I love Lewis and Osako”, “I thought it was really cool, but it’s completely different, I love him even more.” Osako, who was not called up for the match against the United States and Ecuador, following the June series that the Japanese national team battled against. Is it possible to maintain the good performance and return to Samurai Blue?