Thailand star attacker Chanathip Songkrasin was a relieved man after his club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo recorded their first win in four J. League matches against Cerezo Osaka.
Consadole has suffered a dip in form in recent weeks having lost 3-1 to AFC Champions League 2018 champions Kashima Antlers on March 17, 4-0 to Nagoya Grampus on March 30 and 2-1 to Oita Trinita on April 6.
Cerezo Osaka’s own goal gifts Consadole Sapporo first win in four matches
Their only win in that period came in a J. League Cup group stage game on April 10 where they defeated Shonan Bellmare 4-1. However, it now looks like they have returned to winning ways after registering another win — but this time in the league.
Consadole travelled to the Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka to face Cerezo and it was a goal from Ryosuke Shindo who headed in a corner from Chanathip in the 80th minute of the match.
“We were disappointed to have lost three matches in a row. But everyone at the club were trying to do their own duty in the game against Cerezo and thankfully, we have three points because we worked hard,” said Chanathip after the match.
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“I am very happy because these three points are very valuable for us,” said the Thai footballer who also met with Ken Tokura on the sidelines of the game. “And I had the chance to talk to Ken for some time. Ever since coming here, he really takes care of me,” Chanathip said.
32-year-old Japanese forward Tokura is Chanathip’s former teammate as he represented Consadole between 2014 and 2018 before moving to Cerezo this year.
Consadole are 10th in the table with nine points from seven matches while FC Tokyo are topping the J. League standings with 17 points from seven games. Chanathip will now face international teammate Theerathon Bunmathan’s Yokohama F. Marinos at the Sapporo Dome on April 20.