Świerczok stays hot with winner to help Nagoya sink Marinos

Świerczok stays hot with winner to help Nagoya sink Marinos

Jakub Świerczok has been banging in goals ever since signing for Nagoya Grampus, finding the back of the net in the MEIJI YASUDA J1 LEAGUE, in both domestic cups, and in the AFC Champions League. If Nagoya is playing, the Pole is probably scoring, and that was the case on Saturday as his goal beat Yokohama F·Marinos, 2-1, to push Grampus into third place.

Shinnosuke Nakatani gave Nagoya an early lead on a wild play in front of goal. A corner kick was played to the top of the box, popped wide of the goal, shot and saved, rebounded and blocked off the post before Nakatani finally got to it and knocked it in the goal. It wasn’t the prettiest of goals, but it counted all the same and Nagoya were thrilled to have an early tally.

With the lead, Grampus were able to sit back and absorb pressure from the dangerous Marinos attack, knowing that their excellent defense was up to the task. Marinos came forward with the ball plenty, but they didn’t generate many good chances. They took plenty of shots, but many were blocked or came from distance so goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak could handle it with ease.

Right after halftime, Nagoya doubled their lead through, who else, but Świerczok. Naoki Maeda did an excellent job pressuring up the pitch and forced a giveaway, with the free ball bouncing right to Świerczok. The Pole quickly jumped on it, rounded the goalkeeper and put the ball into the back of the net for the two-goal lead.

Kenyu Sugimoto would score to cut the Nagoya lead in half late on, but it was not enough for Marinos, whose loss and Frontale’s win saw them fall four points back in the race for first place.

For Nagoya, it was a terrific win that put them all alone in third place. And with Świerczok red hot, having scored five goals in his last four games, they look like a good bet to keep racking up points.