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FC Tokyo and Urawa Reds both see three of their own selected for our 4-2-3-1, which features several players who earned spots for their work on both sides of the ball

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Team Of The Week:

Week 2

Weekly Roundup


GOALKEEPER

Nobuhiro Kato
Urawa Reds
The second-year starter was instrumental in the Reds' first win of the season, keeping Kashiwa Reysol attackers away from the goal in a tenacious shutout win. Kato's performance outshone that of Cerezo's Kim Jin-Hyun among others.
DEFENDERS

Yuichi Komano
Jubilo Iwata

Mitsuru Nagata
Urawa Reds

Jeci
Kawasaki Frontale

Kosuke Ota
FC Tokyo

From Mitsuru Nagata's build-up to Kosuke Ota's skillful overlapping, this week's back line contributed to their team's victories in more ways than one. Brazilian Jeci picked up where he left off last week in his physical defending for Frontale, while Yuichi Komano's game-winning free kicked earned him a second straight Team of the Week appearance.


MIDFIELDERS

   
Yuki Abe
Urawa Reds
 


Hotaru Yamaguchi
Cerezo Osaka

Naohiro Ishikawa
FC Tokyo

Yohei Kajiyama
FC Tokyo

Hiroki Yamada
Jubilo Iwata

With many standout performances at defensive midfield, the decision was incredibly difficult. In the end, Yuki Abe's pinpoint passing and superb tactical awareness, and Yamaguchi's hard work in stopping Gamba's attack earned the players their spots.

In the second line are two players from FC Tokyo's unforgettable win against Nagoya Grampus; holding midfielder Kajiyama was the core of Tokyo's attack while Ishikawa notched two goals. On the left wing, Hiroki Yamada's goal was the start of Jubilo's comeback win.
FORWARDS

Alex Brosque
Shimizu S-Pulse
On a day where foreign players such as Ranko Despotovic (Urawa Reds), Kempes (Cerezo Osaka) and Renato (Kawasaki Frontale) scored winning goals, it was the Socceroo that stood out not only for his goal, but also for his devoted defending that contributed to an S-Pulse victory.

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