Only a short one from me this as I’m otherwise engaged this week.
This defeat leaves a bitter taste in the mouth because Gifu played quite well, but they were undone by some pretty annoying gamesmanship from Tochigi, who were quite happy to dish out late tackle after late tackle, but screamed to high heaven when they were were on the receiving end.
Tochigi went closest in a scoreless first half when Cristiano headed against the post then wildly blasted the rebound wide, while Someya wasted Gifu’s best chances.
Gifu started the second half on top, Stipe in particular caused all sorts of problems for the Tochigi defence, but they couldn’t make their superiority count and were undone by a sucker punch. Tochigi were awarded a penalty when Cristiano was “brought down” – but if you look up the phrase “looking for a penalty” in the dictionary, you will see a picture of that scene. Tochigi didn’t care though, and the Brazilian stepped up to put the visitors in front.
It finished 1-0 to Tochigi, but with Gainare surrendering a 1-0 half time lead to lose 2-1 at home to Vissel Kobe, things stayed as they were at the bottom. Gifu travel to Yamagata next week, while Gainare head to Fagiano Okayama.