No nicely made highlights package this week, but plenty of people seem to be recording from the stands so I’ll try and make a highlights compilation…
Also take a look at We are Gifu for some photos from the night and a match report.
Avispa start with a few complex passing moves but end up scoring a direct goal as a diagonal ball over the top from Park Gun finds Sakata between centre-backs to score with a good header.
Ishizu gets booked for diving under a challenge from Desmond. There was definitely contact, but a penalty would have been harsh. I guess if it isn’t seen as a foul then it has to be seen as a dive.
A short corner is converted at the far post by another Sakata header but then ruled out for offside. The idea was good, and after an entire season of Suzuki Jun ineffectively aiming corners at Koga’s head at the back post I’m glad to see us more threatening.
Ishizu comes off after giving exactly the sort of 60 minutes hard-running which we need from whoever is playing in the energy role in our front 3. Pusnik is rightly happy, and Kanemori comes on to keep running.
After some good work down the left from substitute Kanemori the ball is recycled back out for Omata to put a cross into the edge of the box. Sakata and Jogo both get a touch before laying it off in space for Kanakubo to finish well.
I’d totally fogotten that after Vincent had had a chance to equalise, Gifu also hit the bar from a short corner after going 2 down.
A good save from the Gifu keeper to deny Kanemori late on.
Is ‘Open Goal Miss’ too strong? He was under a little pressure but I can’t imagine Don Hyon could have imagined an easier chance coming his way on debut.
I love it when Jogo gets angry, only happens once or twice a season but is always funny to see. This one was particularly good as he was telling everyone to calm down immediately afterwards.
Pusnik’s impromptu team-bonding at his opening press conference has now spawned Avispa’s cheesiest tradition.
Many thanks to youtube user nadeshiko yamato for some really good stadium videos.