Tokyo, It wasn’t any regular matchday in
Japan as fans packed out the stands to watch Vissel Kobe take on
Shonan Bellmare, and to see Andres Iniesta make his debut.
The former Barcelona man’s new team needed a win to help
them in their fight to finish in the top three and qualify for the AFC
Champions League, but a 3-0 defeat left them five points off third spot
and in sixth.
Fans still went wild as Iniesta warmed up on the touchline, going
through his paces at the Noevir Stadium Kobe throughout the first half
and early in the second.
A quick opener for the visitors and a second early in the second
half didn’t dampen the atmosphere as Iniesta was introduced in the
58th minute, 30,000 fans rising to their feet to applaud their new
They were left in awe of Iniesta’s quality as he looked a threat
despite his team conceding a third goal only eight minutes after his
Despite being the most dangerous in attack, Iniesta couldn’t
quite feed in his teammates to pull one back, though he did hit the
post with a volley.
He may have started with a defeat, but Iniesta has already shown
the excitement he can generate in Japan, the Spanish MARCA
Source: Oman News Agency