Giravanz Kitakyushu 2-1 FC Gifu

FC Gifu were undone by two soft goals as they fell to a defeat at rising Giravanz Kitakyushu.

The first half was fairly uneventful, although Henik really should put Gifu in front but he blasted over from 6 yards out. Gifu were forced into an early change when Tsukasa Masuyama replaced Kazumichi Takagi, and the ex-Japan international must now be considered a doubt for the visit of Kyoto Sanga on the 6th.

Giravanz went in front just after half time when Daiki Watari bundled the ball in from close range after the Gifu defence failed to clear a cross. Giravanz looked to have made the game safe when Rui Komatsu outmuscled Masanori Abe and fired a shot between the legs of GK Gakuji Ota.

Gifu weren’t done though, and so nearly pulled a goal back when Henik’s header from a Takachi corner thumped back off the post with the keeper well beaten. Henik did eventually get on the scoresheet when he smashed one in from 25 yards out, but it wasn’t enough for Gifu as they slipped to yet another defeat.

Not all negative though, the team looks a lot more dangerous going froward than it did early on the season, Leo Mineiro has been a key part of this as he looks a pretty decent player. But, we need wins and there is no better place to start than on Wednesday when FC Gifu host struggling Kyoto Sanga at the Nagaragawa.

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