FC Gifu 0-1 Tochigi SC

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.

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4 thoughts on “FC Gifu 0-1 Tochigi SC

  1. gifurichy October 29, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    Yeah, was a pretty shite call… Again!
    While we should be scoring goals to ensure that we don’t have to let these decisions affect us, the bottom of the J2 is proving again and again that it’s just a practice ground for budding young refs, and Gifu is getting shafted too often.
    Nakamuras second yellow last week, this pk call… We could have had an extra 3 points from those two games alone…

    • stuartgifu November 2, 2013 / 5:48 pm

      Never ever a penalty. You’d think Crisitano had been shot , the way he went down.

      I hope we get to play them again next year.

  2. avispafukuoka October 30, 2013 / 6:29 am

    It sounds very familiar.

    Every time I’ve seen up play against Tochigi it has been the same. As an otherwise fairly anonymous team they’ve become my most disliked team in the division.

    • stuartgifu November 2, 2013 / 5:47 pm

      I feel exactly the same. They seemed like an inoffensive team with a few good players. I especially like Paulinho as a player.

      But they were up to all sorts of tricks last Sunday, and it wasn’t just the players. Their assistant coach was sent off, but refused to go for at least three or four minutes at a time when Gifu were building a head of steam. Some people would call it streetwise, I’d call it ever-so-slightly pathetic.

      I’d much rather see Matsumoto Yamaga in the play-offs.

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