Late Sub Doi Strikes Twice To Lift Antlers

Late sub Doi strikes twice to lift AntlersOut-of-favor forward Shoma Doi came on as a late substitute and scored twice in a five-minute span to give Antlers a 3-2 victory over Vegalta Sendai on Sunday night.
It was the fourth straight win, all since Masatada Ishii took over as manager in late July, as Antlers moved to the top of the J.League second-stage standings with 16 points through nine matches.

Previous leader Sanfrecce Hiroshima lost to Kashiwa Reysol 3-0, leaving those two clubs both one point behind Antlers. FC Tokyo moved into fourth place with 13 points with a 2-1 win over Gamba Osaka.

The 23-year-old Doi had been a regular under previous manager Toninho Cerezo. But with only three goals in the first stage, Ishii had opted for a change. “He wasn’t the Shoma that I know,” Ishii said. “He wasn’t playing well.”

When he sent Doi on in the 80th minute, he did so with the instructions to “forcefully go toward the goal.” The young forward responded with goals in the 82nd and 87th minutes.

Antlers conceded a goal in the third minute by Takuya Nozawa, who added a second in the 27th. Ishii made the first of three substitutions early, and Shuto Yamamoto cut the lead to one in the 42nd minute. Ishii changed both forwards during the second half, when the Antlers unleashed a barrage of 17 shots.