J-League Team of the Week Round 17: Four players from second-placed Sanfrecce Hiroshima feature

The Purple Archers ended the first half of the season just two points behind leaders Vegalta Sendai and are the first club to have four players chosen for our lineup
J-League

Team Of The Week:

Week 17

Weekly Roundup


GOALKEEPER

Shunsaku Nishikawa
Shimizu S-Pulse
In a crucial match-up against third-placed Jubilo Iwata, Nishikawa came up big in Sanfrecce's 2-0 shutout win, beating out Kawasaki Frontale's Nishibe and Vegalta Sendai's Hayashi.
DEFENDERS

Daigo Nishi
Kashima Antlers

Marcus Tulio Tanaka
Nagoya Grampus

Naoki Ishikawa
Albirex Niigata

Hiroki Mizumoto
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

On the back line, Nishi scored Antlers' winning goal in addition to his defensive contributions. Tulio, Ishikawa and Mizumoto all defended solidly for their respective clubs and were chosen not only for their performance on Saturday but also their recent consistency on the pitch.


MIDFIELDERS

Yosuke Kashiwagi
Urawa Reds

Kazuyuki Morisaki
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Yojiro Takahagi
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

Yoichiro Kakitani
Cerezo Osaka
                    
Manabu Saito
Yokohama F. Marinos

This week's lineup features five midfielders, with Sanfrecce's Moriwaki anchoring the squad after creating Sanfrecce's rhythm and contributing the team's second goal. Kashiwagi, Goal.com's J-League Player of the Week, was involved in all four goals for the winning Reds including three assists. Takahagi, the fourth Sanfrecce player to be selected this week, was the Purple Archers' offensive key man.

On the wings, Kakitani's technical marvel of a goal earned a crucial point for Cerezo and the player himself his second straight Best XI appearance. Saito, fresh off his selection for the Olympic games, confounded opponents with his sharp movement.

FORWARDS

Lucas
FC Tokyo
Veteran striker Lucas proved again that he's still got skills, this time against his former Gamba Osaka team-mates. The Tokyo man scored a double in the first half, including an incredibly strong mid-range shot to help the capital city club break their two-game losing streak and end the first half of the season in fifth place.

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