Le Cong Vinh's first J-League goal marred by sending off

Consadole Sapporo loanee, Le Cong Vinh, was grateful for the win despite seeing red against V-Varen Nagasaki after scoring his first goal in J2

This past weekend was special for Le Cong Vinh as he scored his first goal in the J-League’s second division (J2).

The Vietnamese forward was revealed in Consadole Sapporo colours and better yet, in the first-XI when they faced V-Varen Nagasaki.

Cong Vinh, in what was his third appearance for the club, took only 15 minutes to net his first league goal since arriving in Japan.

The striker was overwhelmed with excitement and got a yellow card for removing his jersey when celebrating his goal.

At the 36-minute mark, things turned sour for Cong Vinh when the 27-year-old picked up his second yellow card for elbowing an opponent and was duly given the marching orders by the official.

“I am really happy after that goal because I was waiting for the day I can score in the league,” said Cong Vinh after the game.

“But after I received a red card, I was so surprised that I felt like I was going to faint.

“Having scored, I will keep working hard to score more goals.

“I apologize for the issues that I have brought onto the team and I want to prevent something like this from happening again.

“I am grateful that my teammates were able to win despite losing players.”

The score remained 1-0 until the final whistle and Consadole now rank seventh in the league standings after playing 34 games.