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J.League Historic Goal: #1 The artistic lob that brought the second consecutive title to Verdy Kawasaki

J.League Historic Goal: #1 The artistic lob that brought the second consecutive title to Verdy Kawasaki

In 1994, the J.League was divided into two stages. Suntory Series (First Stage) winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Nicos Series (Second Stage) winners and defending champions Verdy Kawasaki faced each other in two Championship finals.

Verdy Kawasaki won the first leg 1-0 away from home but struggled in the second leg. While Hiroshima aggressively tried to pull a comeback, Verdy were unable to display their usual attacking football.

The match had reached the 80th minute without goals, when Verdy were attacking from the right flank. Bismarck’s attempt to sneak into the penalty area off from a rebounded cross was frustrated by a defender, but Ruy Ramos reacted quickly.

As the goalkeeper rushed out to prevent a decisive goal, Ramos calmly opted for a lob. The ball slowly flew above the desperate goalkeeper’s outstretched hand and landed into the goal.

The artistic lob scored by the 37-year-old skipper brought the second consecutive championship to Verdy Kawasaki and is still popular among fans as one of the most beautiful goals in the history of J.League.

 

 

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