Wednesday, May 7, 2008

R12 Home Blues

FC Gifu 0 - 1 Sagan Tosu (ht 0-0)
FC Gifu again slipped up at home, although at least this time they managed to provide some competition for visitors Sagan Tosu.
This game was controlled by tight defense from both teams. Tosu were playing on the front foot but could not find a way through the Gifu defense and this continued until the 81st minute when Gifu DF Kota Fukatsu fouled Tosu DF Takuma Hidaka in the penalty box. FW Yoshihito Fujita then calmly slotted the PK and gave Tosu the victory and three points to move them up to third on the table.
For Gifu it was a gut-wrenching result. They looked like they were heading for their first clean-sheet defensive scoreline in the J2 but were punished nine minutes from full-time.
Their home record now stands at an abysmal 1 win 1 draw 4 losses and they are slowly slipping down to the bottom of the table.
Next weeks away game to Roasso Kumamoto on May 10th will be the most important game of the year so far. Lose this game and Roasso will be equal on points with Gifu. Gifu will also find themselves in the position of three losses in a row for the first time this season. A win though will see them gain some much needed confidence and keep their pride intact.

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