August 25, 2021
Kashima Antlers’ AFC Champions League chances have take a severe blow with the news that captain Mitsuo Ogasawara will miss the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage in Kashima’s 1-1 draw away at Kashiwa Reysol overnight.
The influential midfielder was stretchered from the field after colliding with Kashiwa’s Alex in the sixteenth minute, and there was more drama just Judi Onlen three minutes later when Kashima fans appeared to strike Alex with a flag-pole as the Brazilian midfielder lined up to take a corner.
The match was played in front of a tense atmosphere at Kashiwa Hitachi Stadium, as scuffles broke out between Reysol and Antlers fans with security struggling to contain the unruly behaviour.
On the pitch Popo handed the hosts the lead midway through the first half, and it took a last-gasp penalty from Marquinhos for Kashima to steal a share of the spoils and keep themselves in the J. League title race.
Kashima will face A-League outfit Adelaide United in the second leg of their AFC Champions League quarter-final at Hindmarsh Stadium on September 24, with the tie delicately poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Japan.
Premiership Betting 20 September 2008
This week has been one of unremitting financial gloom as banks fail and stocks crash, but there’s always the chance to recoup any losses at the expense of the bookies on this week’s English Premiership.
The Manchester clubs let us down last weekend and there’s more bad news in store as United will go down in a tight struggle at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United have had a poor start to their season. Chelsea are on fire and are good bankers for a narrow home win.
Manchester City should get …