Spanish Legends Iniesta and Torres defeated in J-League Debut
July 23, 2018
Spanish football legends Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres had J-League debuts to forget for their new Japanese clubs.
Iniesta, who lifted an astonishing 32 pieces of silverware during his time with Catalan club Barcelona, but tasted a rare defeat as he stepped out for new side Vissel Kobe, during a 3-0 thrashing by Shonan Bellnare.
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Over 26,000 fans were in attendance to see their new hero, with some even waving Spain flags in honour of the majestic 34-year-old.
Meanwhile over in Tosu, Sagan were defeated 1-0 by Vegalta Sendai during former Champions League winner Fernando Torres’ debut. After over 404 appearances for his boyhood club Atletico Madrid over two spells, the 34 year-old left La Liga for East Asian shores with compatriot Iniesta.
Spanish legends in Japan ???? pic.twitter.com/BDIbxT3g5c— ShotOnGoal (@shotongoal247) July 23, 2018
Torres’ Tosu Sagan are in danger of relegation, with fans hoping the once deadly forward can drag Massimo Ficcadenti’s men away from the drop-done.
Vissel Kobe sit sixth in the J-League table, but Iniesta seems up for the challenge.
Andres Iniesta touches down in Japan ?? pic.twitter.com/scnCmph2Vz— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 18, 2018
“It’s a shame we lost because I don’t like losing,” Iniesta said. “But this is just the first step of an amazing new adventure. It was a physical game that showed the quality of the J-League.”
The Spaniard isn’t the only star plying his trade for Kobe, fellow World Cup winner Lukas Podolski lines up as the side’s centre-forward.
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