FC Gifu came back down to earth with a bump after suffering a 3-1 defeat at play-off chasing Tokushima Vortis.
Gifu kept Kazuki Someya on the bench despite his return from suspension, and they rolled wiht Nakamura & Blazhe Ilijovski up front.
Tokushima took the lead in the 11th minute when a cross from the right was met by the flying head of Kim Jong Min who beat Kitani to the ball and headed past Tokihisa. Kitani appealed for a pull by Kim, but it looked like they were both pulling each others’ shirt. Gifu had a half chance when a cross from the left found Yuki Nakamura but he couldn’t get enough power on his header and it went wide of the post. Gifu looked like they would get to the break at 1-0 but they were dealt a hammer blow when Vortis scored in first half injury time. A cross from Osaki was headed back across goal by Takasaki and Tomohiro Tsuda was on hand to smash the ball into the net. A terrible time to concede a goal.
Atsushi Mio went close to halving the defecit two minutes after half time, but his shot was turned away by the Vortis goalkeeper. Gifu continued to create half chances, but neither Ilijovski nor Nakamura could seriously threaten the Vortis goal. In fact, it was the home side that scored the next goal. Some neat work on the right from Tsuda resulted in a through pass that found Shibsaki whose shot squirmed past Tokihisa and evaded Desmond’s comedy attempted clearance on the line.
Gifu did get a consolation goal when Desmond headed in from close range, but it didn’t really mean much. With all the results seemingly going against Gifu, this was a bad day at the office.
Things don’t get much easier this week as Popo and and the rest of his Vissel Kobe friends come to town.