Gifu’s recent good form came to a grinding halt as a fired up Oita Trinita side breathed life into their survival battle with a crucial win.
Oita started the game really well, and they took the lead early when Akihiro Hyodo lashed in a shot from 25 yards out, past the despairing dive of Satoshi Tokizawa. Worse was to come for Gifu as Rei Matsumoto doubled Oita’s lead, taking full advantage of some very slack marking in the Gifu area.
The second half didn’t get much better, and when man-of-the-match Hirotaka Tameda scored a fine individual goal to make it 3-0, Gifu’s misery was complete. But actually it wasn’t as there was still time for Gilsinho to get sent off.
A really horrible result that punctured all the recent optimism, ahead of a crucial 5 days when we face Consadole Sapporo and then fellow strugglers Mito hollyhock.