Sunday, June 29, 2008

R23 Home Away From Home

Tokushima Vortis 0 - 1 FC Gifu (ht 0-0)
FC Gifu again showed that they loved playing away from home by grinding out a tough 1-0 victory at Naruto. Both teams had a few chances with Tokushima looking slighty better after a scoreless first 45 minutes. FC Gifu found it hard to get any momentum going with plenty of passes going astray, but in the 70th minute MF Hiromi Kojima put up his hand for a starting spot by belting in a nice goal from just outside the box. Tokushima then threw everything at Gifu in the final 10 minutes or so but Gifu's defense held sturdy.
Again defensively the team played well but again on attack and in the midfield things weren't quite so peachy. I'm predicting that maybe "ace" Katayama will be off the starting 11 next week and replaced by perhaps Kojima. Whatever happens, there needs to be a change up front.
Next game July 5th (home) vs Montedio Yamagata
This will be a tough one. 2nd placed Yamagata are on a high at the moment and Gifu will need to play their best to beat them. The question is, do they know how to do this at home???

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