Very confident with the few chances Auckland City managed to put together and on high balls. Despite his young age, it is easy to see why Zaccheroni has him as second choice to Kawashima.
Not much work for him. Was well protected by the midfield and his teammates in defence. No frills, gets the job done.
Authoritative, a spotless performance, with the exception of a perhaps severe yellow card early in the second half.
Famous as Japan and Sanfrecce's "mood-maker", Moriwaki was more focused on defending than attacking than usual but did well keeping pressure on the opposition midfield. Blasted a shot on the crossbar.
Seemed a bit nervous in the first half, but gradually grew as the game went by. Won the game for his team with a shot that is already a candidate for the goal of the tournament.
Balanced the lower line in the six-strong midfield. A steady game for him, also protecting those around him.
Started very aggressively, dominating the right flank and winning several free kicks, However, managed only one good cross in the whole game and gradually faded during the second forty-five minutes.
A solid performance by the veteran but not as decisive as expected. Hopefully will show his class during as the tournament continues.
Hardly effective in the first half - was often free on the left, but his teammates often ignored him. He failed to impress in second half either, leading to his substitution.
Could have been more effective by keeping things simple. Always tried to be spectacular. and often ending up giving the ball to the opposition. His shot stamped the post in the second half, marking the beginning of Sanfrecce's charge.
The J-League player of the year ran plenty but was too isolated for most of the game. He got his chance with three minutes left, but sent his shot over over the bar. Better luck next time.
His composure seemed to give his central defenders plenty of strength. Passed just about every test asked of him, and his double save in the second half did not deserve the goal just seconds later.
Ran hard, honest in the tackle and tried to get involved, but got caught out a few times on the break.
With Berlanga, had a composed match - particularly with plenty of high balls coming into the area. The 36-year-old looks like he could continue a while yet and had a late header go just wide as he pushed forward.
Sanfrecce seemed to do their homework and targeted his flank all match. Nearly conceded an own goal twice in a calamitous piece of play right before the half-hour mark. An unhappy homecoming.
Had to be composed to clear several high balls into box early. Kept a disciplined line with Vicelich, and put in a superb tackle on 57 minutes to halt a Sanfrecce attack in its tracks.
Had to pass sideways and backwards rather than forward, with little space available further afield. But tried valiantly to make it happen for his side.
Found little joy on either flank, despite running hard. Defenders seemed to have the veteran's measure. Off 66mins.
Had to drop far deeper than he would have liked, but needed to because of Sanfrecce's dominance. Could not quite find his range with his free kicks, but did not stop all match.
Shot from distance in the 25th minute to rouse the few City fans, but spent much of his match chasing Sanfrecce's midfielders.
Good run and cross on 30 minutes, but struggled for an impact until scooping his shot over in the final minute of normal time to give Sanfrecce a nervous moment.
Little to feed on but showed glimpses of quality when he was able to pick up the rare scrap or two. Could not make it happen, however. Off 77mins.