Diego Forlan debuts in the J-League
By Analia Sordi
The J-League kicked off on Saturday and at the Nagai Stadium with 37,079 in attendance to witness the brilliance of Diego Forlan. The 34-year-old signed with Osaka for a reported $5.8 million for the 2014 season, a record for the J-League.
Forlan’s first and clearest chance came in the 27th minute after receiving a pass from the outside of the area by Yoichiro Kakitani and the ex-Internacional player's effort went over the crossbar. He also had two free kick opportunities to convert a goal, but both hit the wall.
Sanfreece Hiroshima defender Tuskasa Shiotani scored the lone goal in the second half to defeat Cerezo Osaka 1-0, spoiling the J-League debut of the Uruguayan.
Ishihara created the space in the inside area for Shiotani and with a left-footed volley from close range scored in the 71st minute. At the 80th minute, Forlan was substituted for Kenyu Sugimoto. However, the craze for Forlan did not stop as the crowd would continue to shout for Forlan.
Sanfreece, the two-timing defending champion, has begun their title defense. While, Forlan had the crowd in a craze with his appearance. Cerezo Osaka fell short in their home-opener, but there will there be more to come from this talented and exciting side.