Tokyo Verdy 3 - 0 FC Gifu (ht 2-0)
Tokyo showed Gifu what the difference a few players of high quality can be in the battle of the greens. Both teams played a good running game, but Tokyo's Oguro, showed why he is so important to the teams chances of promotion this year. His header after just six minutes put Tokyo into the lead and his constant assault on the Gifu goal always keep GK Noda on his feet.
Gifu played a pretty solid game up front but failed to fire whereas Tokyo had the likes of Oguro and Leandro, who converted their chances.
It was at the back though where Gifu lost this battle. With Akita out, Sazuki joined the fray, but this inexperienced backline was exploited by the free-running Verdy. Tokyo on the other hand kept their defense tight, which was to be expected after the surprise heavy loss to Yokohama FC last week.
So Gifu's winning streak ends at four. Still, we have a 10 game unbeaten streak to extend this week vs Tochigi SC. It will be important for the players to get their minds back on the job for this one, especially with just two days to relax, recuperate and prepare.