Andres Iniesta scores first goal in Japan, Fernando Torres yet to open account

first_imgFormer Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta scored his first goal for J-League outfit Vissel Kobe in their 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata on Saturday while his former Spanish teammate Fernando Torres failed to open his account.The 2010 World Cup winners Iniesta made a move to Japan earlier this year in May following a magnificent career with boyhood club Barcelona. on Saturday, Iniesta scored a sensational goal to register his first in Japan.Iniesta was assisted by former Arsenal forward and an ex-German international Lukas Podolski.Podolski slid the ball through to Iniesta in the penalty area and the 34-year-old displayed all his trademark intelligence to pirouette past an Iwata defender before rounding the goalkeeper to roll the ball into the net.Iniesta’s goal was their opener in the 16th minute and a further goal from forward Kyogo Furuhashi secured the victory.primer gol en J League# # #[email protected] @Podolski10https://t.co/JUEMOXumQp pic.twitter.com/fFEIRZxz1G(@J_League) August 11, 2018Kobe moved up to fourth place as they look to close the gap on J-League leaders Hiroshima Sanfreece, who beat Nagasaki to maintain an eight-point lead over Tokyo FC in second.On the other hand, Torres failed to find the back of the net for Sagan Tosu, although the struggling team did secure a 1-0 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds in their battle against relegation.FC Barcelona took to Twitter to acknowledge the brilliant goal by their legend and posted a video captioning it “Always a class act”.Always a class [email protected]’s first goal with Vissel [email protected]_kobepic.twitter.com/eSBbpXGnwXadvertisementFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 11, 2018Back in Barcelona, Iniesta’s captain armband was forwarded to the club’s leading goalscorer Lionel Messi. Iniesta was the captain of the team before he left Barcelona and became one in 2015 after with departure of Xavi Hernandez.Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were named vice-captains of Barcelona ahead of the new La Liga season.(With Reuters inputs)last_img