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This round's Team of the Week produced a stunning total of 10 goals, including two additional time strikes and a hat-trick as the J-League approaches its half-way point

J-League

Team Of The Week:

Round 16

Weekly Roundup


GOALKEEPER

Koji Ezumi
Omiya Ardija
Without Ezumi's performance against S-Pulse, new manager Zdenko Verdenik wouldn't have gotten his first win in the Saitama club's 1-0 shut-out.
DEFENDERS

Yuki Fukaya
Omiya Ardija

Naoya Kikuchi
Albirex Niigata

Tomohiko Miyazaki
Jubilo Iwata


Fukaya teamed with Ezumi as well as other Ardija defenders to earn a well-fought win for the struggling side. Kikuchi played on the left side, contributing to Albirex's result on both sides of the ball. With Jubilo in a pinch due to injuries, Miyazaki played hard and delivered the eventual game-deciding goal in his team's 3-1 win over FC Tokyo.


MIDFIELDERS
 
Hidekazu Otani
Kashiwa Reysol
 


Kota Mizunuma
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Masakatsu Sawa
Kashiwa Reysol
 
Yoichiro Kakitani
Cerezo Osaka
 

From Kashiwa Reysol's 6-2 thumping of Gamba Osaka come Otani, whose deft passing set up his team-mate's goals, as well as Sawa who dazzled with a hat-trick. Mizunuma's last-minute goal gave Sagan Tosu an improbable 1-0 win over Consadole Sapporo, while Kakitani also contributed some additional time heroics in scoring the equaliser for Cerezo against Urawa Reds.

FORWARDS

Kensuke Nagai
Nagoya Grampus

Ken Tokura
Vissel Kobe

Wilson
Vegalta Sendai

Nagai once again demonstrated fantastic form, scoring his sixth goal in four matches for Grampus and putting himself in prime position for an Olympic selection. Away at Frontale, Tokura scored a Balotelli-esque strike before imitating the Italian striker's celebration by tearing off his own uniform. Wilson provided two goals in Vegalta's crucial battle against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, allowing his team to remain in the top position.

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