Thursday, March 20, 2008
Montedio Yamagata 3 - 5 FC Gifu (ht 2-3)
Who would have guessed it? FC Gifu piled on five goals to record their first ever win in the J2 in Yamagata today! Takagi and Katayama added to goals each with Kan adding the cherry on the cake in the 38th minute to seal the win. In the first half it was Takagi who got the goal rush started, with a lucky deflection of Yamagata legs in the 11th minute. But Yamagata hit straight back in the 15th minute through Toyota and the 18th minute through Watanabe. In the 26th minute Katayama headed in a goal and then just before full time in the 44th minute struck in a goal for a vital 3-2 lead at half time. Gifu then came out of the sheds fastest in the second half as Takagi knocked in his second of the day. Kan popped in a final goal for Gifu in the 38th minute to seal the game. Yamagata then popped in a consolation goal in the 44th minute as Leonardo headed in from a corner kick.
The amazing thing for Gifu is that they scored their five goals of just 11 scoring chances. Yamagata on the other hand did pretty well themselves by scoring their three goals of just eight shots at goal.
Congratulations to the boys from middle earth, Japan!
Next game vs Tokushima Vortis at home this sunday.