J League: Shimizu Goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan Scores 90+13th Minute Equaliser As Elongated Match Ends In Pandemonium (Video)

Chris Wright

25th, November 2018

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The J-League played host to an extraordinary encounter on Saturday as Shimizu S-Pulse and Vissel Kobe produced a manic 3-3 draw in the Japanese top flight.

With Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski on the pitch, it looked like Kobe were going to coast to a much-needed away victory as the match entered the 90th minute.

However, what followed was a whopping 19 minutes of stoppage time (the result of a succession of injuries earlier and a red card incident in the second half) during which Shimizu goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan dug out an entirely unlikely 103rd-minute equaliser…

As you might expect, Rokutan’s goal proved to be an incredible irritant to the Kobe players, several of whom began to loose grip on their discipline.

Indeed, just a matter of minutes later, Wellington (who had only just come on as a sub) picked up a second yellow card for instigating a melee that saw both benches empty out onto the pitch.

Wellington then returned to the dressing room with a security escort, but not before aiming a couple of choice gestures at the Shimizu bench on the way past.

This left Kobe with eight men on the field, while Shimizu had nine after losing a couple of players to injury after making all three of their allotted substitutes.

And… breathe.

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