While FC Gifu were busy getting a proper hiding from Gamba Osaka, there were plenty of other important matches featuring teams at the bottom of J2.
Ehime FC 1-1 Roasso Kumamoto
Roasso had looked set to snare a vital 3 points when they led through Yuki Horigome, but an equalizer eigth minutes from the by defender Kyohei Kuroki deflated the visitors. Still, a point is not a bad return for the Reds.
Giravanz Kitakyushu 1-2 V-Varen Nagasaki
Nagasaki came up trumps in this Kyushu squabble. Goals either side of half time for the visitors were enough, despite Koki Kotegawa’s 63rd minute strike.
Avispa Fukuoka 1-0 Thespa Kusatsu Gunma
A solitary goal from Avispa hero Hisashi Jogo condemned Gunma to defeat at the Level 5 stadium. Interestingly Thespa only put out 5 subs. Financial reasons? Injuries?
Kataller Toyama 1-2 JEF United
A Yusuke Tanaka brace was enough to see off injury-ridden Kataller in Toyama. The hosts did pull a goal back through Keisuke Kimoto but couldn’t quite manage to find a leveler.
Montedio Yamagata 2-3 Gainare Tottori
Revenge is a dish best served cold and Gainare were ice cool in dumping a 3-2 victory on Montedio, the side that thumped them 6-0 in the match in Tottori. Genki Nagasato was the man with the plan for the visitors, as he opened the scoring and hit the winner. Nagasato, who I claimed would be one to watch at the beginning of the season, is finally rounding into some good form. If he continues, then he could be the man to lead Gainare away from danger.
FC Gifu are now two points adrift of Gunma, and have a terrible goal difference of -28, which at this point is equal to another point deficit. Gainare did themselves the power of good an have now moved level on points with Roasso, while Giravanz remain on 20 points.