The Spanish footballer Andres Iniesta said goodbye this Saturday Vissel Kobe with a league match that ended in a draw at one against Consadole Sapporo, played at home, the Noevir Stadium in the city of Kobe.
Iniesta was part of the starting eleven in his last game with the Japanese team from the west of Japan, in which he played 57 minutes before being replaced by Daiju Sasaki to applause and chants from his fans.
When the world champion in South Africa 2010 was replaced, he bowed to the stands, where several Spanish flags were seen waving, and hugged some of his teammates and members of the coaching staff before taking his place on the bench.
Thai striker Supachok Sarachat opened the scoring for Consadole Sapporo in the 26th minute, in the most outstanding play of a first half that passed without surprises or changes.
Vissel’s equalizer came in the 85th minute after left-back Ryo Hatsuse took a corner kick that Brazil centre-back Matheus Thuler headed in just outside the box.
Japanese television cameras captured Iniesta celebrating his team’s goal, which with this tie manages to maintain third place in the general table of the first division of the Japanese national league, the J-League.
(With information from EFE)