Tokushima Vortis 3-1 FC Gifu
Basic goals were the undoing of Gifu as they slipped back to the bottom of the table while Vortis stayed in the play-off places. Goals from Kim, Tsuda & Shibasaki comfortably saw Vortis home and plunged Gifu back to the bottom.
Thespa Kusatsu Gunma 3-0 Matsumoto Yamaga
A fantastic display from Thespa, lead by the superb Ryuichi Hirashige, saw them claim a vital win against a very disappointing Matsumoto Yamaga. A Daichi Inui header, a Ryota Nagata half volley and a cool Kota Aoki finish saw Gunma ease to victory.
Kataller Toyama 3-1 Consadole Sapporo
A win as impressive as it was vital. Goals from Seo, Funatsu and a first goal for Kazuki Mine earned Toyama a vital win in (once again) horrible conditions at Toyama’s home ground.
Gainare Tottori 0-0 Roasso Kumamoto
A point was OK for both sides in this dull scoreless draw at the the Torigin Stadium.
V-Varen Nagasaki 1-1 Ehime FC
Masaru Kato’s clinical finish, after capitalising on a mistake by Nagasaki defender Yamaguchi, secured a welcome point for the Shikoku side. They had gone 1-0 early in the game.
Yokohama FC 1-2 Giravanz Kitakyushu
In a bad-tempered game, goals in quick succession from Morimura and Kim Dong Hee gave Giravanz the win against 10 man Yokohama.
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