Victory in the Japanese Super Cup pleased Dragan Stojkovic, who was left satisfied with all aspects of the game.
Like two of the three previous editions of the competition, it took penalties to separate the sides, who had played out a 1-1 draw. Takahiro Masukawa had headed Nagoya into the lead, but two-time defending champions Kashima hit back thanks to Takuya Nozawa’s free kick. Seigo Narazaki proved the hero for Stojkovic’s side in the penalty shoot-out, preventing three kicks from finding the net en route to a 3-1 success.
Stojkovic was pleased not only with the win, but in which the manner the game was delivered.
“It's very satisfactory during the 90 minutes. It was a very interesting, very open game. Both teams had good chances, so a draw is a good result for both teams,” a report from AFP quotes him as saying.
“It was very important to avoid injuries. The game was played with fair play by both teams, so it’s a very good warming up for the J-League.”
Nagoya’s only previous Super Cup success came in 1996, when they defeated Yokohama Marinos 2-0.