FC Gifu 0 - 1 Nagoya Grampus
A 20th minute PK by Nagoya striker Yonsen was all that stood between J1 club Nagoya Grampus and J2 newcomers FC Gifu today. And it could have been even better for Gifu had midfielder Kojima converted his PK chance early in the second half.
FC Gifu will be reasonably happy with their performance. Their man-to-man defence was good, they had more possession then Nagoya, the interplay between the players was generally pretty good, and they could easily have come away with a draw in this game.
Nagoya Grampus on the other hand, after a great opening 20 minutes, will be disappointed with their effort and relieved to come away with a win. Their defence was solid but they missed a number of scoring chances and were outplayed by Gifu in the mid-field.
The only real difference between the two teams was on attack where the Grampus forwards definitely showed the ability to set up scoring chances whereas Gifu's efforts were constantly thwarted by resolute Nagoya defence.
All in all though, a great game, and Gifu will take some confidence out of the game with them to the J2 opener in two weeks. Congratulations though to Nagoya who take the points in the first official Kisogawa Derby.