Thespa Kusatsu 0 - 1 FC Gifu (ht 0-0)
Gifu recorded their first 3-game winning streak in J2 last night when they defeated Kusatsu in Maebashi. The result saw them maintain 12th place in the competition but a win against Cereso Osaka at home this sunday could see them jump up as high as 9th in the table, if Kusatsu, Sapporo and Toyama all lose.
The game wasn't pretty but Gifu's defense held well and they put on a gutsy display. There sole goal came in the 69th minute when Someya kicked in a ball from the left side, which rebounded off a Kusatsu defender and into the goal. It was a lucky goal, but well deserved.
This weekends game will be huge. Gifu has never beaten Cereso, yet alone scored a goal against them, but they're on a three game winning streak, and haven't lost at home in 10 games, so it will be interesting to see what unfolds in Nagaragawa on sunday.