And then there were three…..
Montedio Yamagata 2-2 FC Gifu
The visitors overcame two very fluky goals to register a hard earned point at the ND Soft Stadium. Kazuki Someya gave Gifu the lead, but Masato Yamazaki leveled for Monte. A Kosuke Kitani own goal put the home side in front, but Croatian forward Stipe was in the right place at the right time to prod home a precious equalizer. An equalizer that puts clear daylight between Gifu & Gainare Tottori. Speaking of whom…..
Fagiano Okayama 2-0 Gainare Tottori
Another tough loss in a season full of them for the away side. They held out for so long, but ten minutes from time Yuki Oshitani put Fagiano in front and two minutes later Korean Kim sealed the deal. It looks like next week might be Gainare’s last chance – they face Thespa Kusatsu Gunma at home. Speaking of Gunma…..
Giravanz Kitakyushu 3-2 Thespa Kusatsu Gunma
A Daiki Watari double helped lift Giravanz to a win over still troubled Thespa. Ikemoto put the home side in front before Watari scored his first of the day. Brazilian Daniel Lovinho pulled a goal back for Thespa after a strong run, only for Watari to add his second at the start of the second half. Thespa top scorer Ryuichi Hirashige scored late on to reduce the deficit but Giravanz survived, meaning Thespa are still not mathematically safe. But speaking of teams that are mathematically safe……
Tokyo Verdy 1-2 Kataller Toyama
A great win for Kataller, spearheaded by the in form front pairing of Takuya Koteguchi & Ryohei Shirasaki. Koteguchi put the visitors in front with a long range shot, but Verdy ‘keeper Yuya Sato really should have saved. Naohiro Takahara equalized for Verdy, but Shirasaki confident stroked home after good build up work from Seo.
With these results, Kataller Toyama are mathematically safe. Congrats to them!! The other three move into the final three games still unsure of their J2 future.