Things are starting to get bleak for Gifu after yet another home defeat and another blank.
The first half was a pretty non-descript affair with few chances, although Gifu should have come close, Masaki Watanabe heading over the bar from Sunakawa’s corner. Gifu were indebted to returning goalkeeper Satoshi Tokizawa as he blocked Naito’s close range effort to keep the scores level. Aside from those two “chances” the first half a dull affair and both sides needed to step up the tempo in the second half.
Gifu did start brighter, the best part being Koya Kazama forcing Daniel Scmidt into a nice save. But the game changed in the 58th minute, when Roasso took the lead. A long ball from deep saw Koki Kiyotake turn central defender Naoya Okane, and Okane brought the frontman down (as was possibly lucky to escape with just a yellow card). From the resulting free-kick, Kiyotake exacted the perfect punishment by curling a beautiful free-kick into the top corner past the despairing hands of Tokizawa.
As Gifu pushed forward, Shun Nogaito, Takumi Kiyomoto and Junki Endo all had half chances, but Gifu, once again at home, couldn’t find a way to score and were on the receiving end of another home defeat.
The defeat leaves Gifu rooted at the bottom of the table, 3 points behind Oita Trinita, 4 behind Tochigi SC and now 6 behind Kyoto Sanga – and six points seems an awful long way away at the moment. Next week, Gifu make the relatively short trip to Osaka to face Cerezo Osaka at Kincho Stadium. Supporters will be there more in hope than expectation…..something needs to happen, and it needs to happen soon.