Sanfreece Hiroshima 7 - 1 FC Gifu (ht 2-0)
Hiroshima gave Gifu a sacrificial slaughtering in Hiroshima last night, one that has left Gifu winless in their last nine games, and one that has finally seen Gifu drop down to twelth on the table below Mito.
The fact that Gifu rested their best forward Katagiri, arguably best defender Fukatsu, and their keeper Hino for this game showed that they probably went into the game thinking that a loss was inevitable.
But a 7-1 hiding was probably not in their predictions....
Like the last game in Hiroshima between the two Gifu started pretty strongly and defended stoutly only to see all their hard work undone by an own-goal to DF Komine in the 31st minute. Then just when it looked like they would hold on to a one goal deficit going into the second half, Hiroshima MF Morisaki scored a beautiful goal to with one minute to go beforte half time. This was effectively the killer blow for Gifu.
In the second half any slight splinters of hope were dashed when Hiroshima MF Takahagi scored after the first minute after a lucky deflection. This was followed by yet another own goal by Gifu DF Kikuchi Kan and a goal to Hiroshima MF Ri.
Gifu had a brief moment of glory when FW "Gacha" Katayama headed in a nice goal from a Kojima cross kick, but immediately they were put under the hammer again conceding two further goals to MF Takahagi and MF Aoyama.
It's funny, Gifu played alot more positive than in their 4-0 loss to Hiroshima in round 26, and in general their play was better, but the luck was definitely not on their side with two own goals and a cruel deflection... still, they were never going to win anyway!
In the end the best team in the league were playing the worst team in the league (in terms of recent performances) and I guess the result was a fare indication of how good Hiroshima are and how far Gifu have fallen....
Next Game September 15th (home) vs Cerezo Osaka
Should be a good crowd but Gifu are really going to have to pull something out of the bag if they want to end this run of poor form...