Kusatsu Thespa 1 - 1 FC Gifu (ht 0-1)
FC Gifu let three points slip as they were pegged back by Kusatsu after obtaining an early goal. Kusatsu came out firing, looking for a new club record of five wins on the trot, but were shocked when Gifu FW Masato Katayama got a goal in the 23rd minute. A bit of a lucky goal, being fired like a bullet by Atsushi Katagiri into the legs of Katayama and then deflected into the goal.
In the second half Kusatsu once again came out firing and were finally rewarded with a goal to Yasunori Takada in the 70th minute. Both teams then fought to the death for the winning goal but it was not to be and the games ended in a draw.
It was a pretty impressive first half for Gifu and once again their defense throughout was good. They will be disappointed at losing after gaining an early lead but to stop Kusatsu's four game winning streak was in itself a good effort.
Next game June 25th (home) vs Avispa Fukuoka
Can Gifu break the curse of Nagara Stadium??