Monday, November 9, 2009

R48 vs Fagiano Okayama

Fagiano Okayama 0 - 2 FC Gifu (ht 0-0)

I didn't see this game because I was at Mito watching Vegalta getting promoted but from what I saw of the highlights it was a pretty close game. Okayama have lacked the killer punch all year and it showed again in this game. Gifu left it till late in the second half, with Kazumasa bagging a PK after Shimada was pulled down in the box, and then Satou knocking in another with just minutes left on the clock.
The win was Gifu's first in eight games and was vital as the Fukuoka and Toyama both grabbed points and had lept above Gifu in the table before the game. The win though sees Gifu remain in 11th, just two points behind a top ten finish with three games to go.
For a top ten finish Gifu will have to win probably at least three out of their last three games. This won't be easy though as those opponents are Sapporo (Gifu has never beaten them), Osaka (Earned promotion to the J1 - Still fighting for the championship) and Tokushima (The most improved team in the J2 this year).
Still, there is hope and it will make an exciting finish to the year for the team. The can still finish anywhere between 10th and 14th.

Next weekend is the big game vs J2 new-comers JEF United Chiba at Kumagaya. Should be a good one. Gifu after making the best 16 for the first time will now be looking to make the best 8, as well as claim their first ever J1 scalp.


Endo said...

Damn, what a race dude xD
congrats to your victory!
In 2 weeks, we'll beat Thespa and then it's up to us ;)
Our JUMBO Okubo will fly us right into the TOP 10!

Greetings :)

Verdino Forever said...

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God lock Gifu.

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richy said...

We have a tough last three games - Sapporo, Osaka and Tokushima. We will need to win at least two to get tenth place!
Gonna be tough!

Cheers mate, good to see!
It might be a few more years than that but at least Gifu are playing good football this year!

I will add your blog mate!

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