Masuyama’s bolt from the blue: JEF United 1-1 FC Gifu

FC Gifu snared a precious point in their survival battle as a wondergoal snatched a 1-1 draw for the visitors.

In coach Karashima’s second game in charge, Hiroki Higuchi was brought in to partner Ilijovski up front. Hattori was restored in midfield with Someya & Mio patrolling the wide areas.

For the hosts, top scorer Kempes returned from suspension to lead the line while new signing Takuyuki Morimoto was on the bench.

In the worst possible start, Gifu went 1-0 down inside two minutes. A free kick from the left by Daisuke Ito was met by JEF captain Satoshi Yamaguchi, and his deft flick was just enough to beat Tokihisa at his near post.  The half was mostly JEF, but Gifu did have a sight of goal on 34 minutes, when Ilijovski skipped across the face of the area before having his goalbound shot blocked. Neither team created much in the first half, and the half time score was JEF 1-0 FC Gifu.

It was a far more attacking JEF that re-appeared for the second half, Jun Suzuki had obviously told them to put this game out of reach of the visitors. 4 minutes into the half, Kempes wasted a good chance when he was unmarked at the back post, but his miscued shot failed to trouble Tokihisa. Gifu had a huge let-off in the 54th minute when JEF had a goal disallowed for offside. Otsuka’s superb through-ball was met by Yazawa who coolly tucked the ball away, but the offside flag had already gone up. It looked marginal at best, and was a decisive decision that went in Gifu’s favour (at last!).

And then, the bolt from the blue. Someya made his way down the right hand side before pulling the ball back to Masuyama. There was nothing on, so Masuyama let fly with a first time, right foot shot that arced over Okamoto and into the top corner. A truly special goal from the ex-JEF man.

JEF were stung, and on 73 minutes, nearly took the lead again. Kempes found space on the right hand corner of the area, and he produced a stunning effort which cannoned back off the crossbar with Tokihisa beaten. The ball fell to Yazawa who put the rebound in, but he had controlled it with his arm and was penalized, nullifying his goal. Three minutes later, Yazawa’s pass set Kempes free, but the striker showed poor skills in dragging his shot wide. It was a glorious chance, and one which most people thought he would take. Morimoto came on for his debut, but couldn’t produce anything, and the game eventually finished 1-1.

It was a backs-to-the-wall effort, but it shows it can be done. Gifu now face a very important game next week, as confidence-starved Tokyo Verdy visit the Nagaragawa. Verdy manager Yasutoshi Miura is under severe pressure there, so it could be a nervy Sunday evening next week.



5 thoughts on “Masuyama’s bolt from the blue: JEF United 1-1 FC Gifu

  1. 016chubu August 26, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    We managed to get a point thanks to Masuyama’s cracking equalizer last night.

    Gifu couldn’t do anything against JFE in the first period, but were much improved in the second period after Stipe Plazibat replaced Ilijovski.
    Stipe looks like quite a good player, doesn’t he?
    I want to see him from the start next time, as a central midfielder not a second top.

    Nakamura will be back for the next match, so Nakamura and Ilijovski up front, Stipe in central midfield.
    Is this too risky??

    • gifurichy August 27, 2013 / 9:46 pm

      Agree with 016chubu above!

      Wouldn’t mind seeing Vincent Kayne getting one more chance up front too. Maybe last chance but Stipe looks like he’s good at creating chances for the forwards so it would be interesting to see how the other players react to him.

      In saying that, we very rarely get a good result against Verdy… I just hope the team is fired up and ready to attack!

      • stuartgifu August 28, 2013 / 9:48 am

        I think Verdy are there for the taking. They are out of form, conceding plenty of goals and Yasutoshi Miura seems to be under a lot of pressure. If Gifu play with intensity and purpose, I think they can get a win in this one.

        It could be a very good day for FC Gifu in general if the top team win and the Seconds win. Here’s hoping!!

    • stuartgifu August 28, 2013 / 9:43 am

      I don’t think it is too risky. I like the look of Stipe, he looks a good player. I’d really like to see Stipe play, with Nakamura & Ilijovski up front. Really, Gifu need to win games, draws are not good enough, and to win games you have to attack. I would love to see Karashima go with an attacking formation. Let’s hope!!

      • gifurichy August 28, 2013 / 1:19 pm

        The scary thing about Tokyo is that we usually play them when they’re out of form, on a losing streak or something, they beat us and then start playing really well after that…

        But yep, lets hope for an attacking formation and positive football!

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