GOLDEN WEEK – Matchday 10 Review – Thespa Kusatsu Gunma 2-2 Tokyo Verdy (2016)


Matchday 10 Review – Thespa Kusatsu Gunma 2-2 Tokyo Verdy

Verdy did a lot better in this game that’s for sure, there were 7 changes to the squad (I think) with Alan Pinheiro out injured for a few months, Kitawaki came into the squad to fill the forward line
To the game itself, Gunma took the early lead in the 5th minute thanks to a goal by Satoshi Tokiwa, after a cross in by Takahashi, Tokiwa headed past Shibasaki who got his place wrong and scored to make it 1-0 Gunma, Verdy equalised after a short corner then ran into the box and it was partially cleared by the Gunma DF and it fell to Ibayashi who thumped the ball past the Gunma GK into the top right corner of the net to make it 1-1 – such a stunner of a goal, it didn’t take long for Verdy to 2-1 up, a ball from midfield for Koki Anzai to run onto, he crossed into the box to Sawai to slide in and kick it past the Gunma GK into to same corner as the first goal, half time 2-1 to Verdy, into the 2nd half, Verdy almost went 3-1 up after 1st half sub Shuto Minami, he got a defensive split pass from a Verdy player, Minami then runs into the box and beat the GK but couldn’t get keep the ball on the deck and it went over the bar – great chance for Verdy, but Gunma equalised in the 75th minute after Takahashi got into the box and from a pass to the side by Segawa and Takahashi slid the ball past a Verdy DF and Shibasaki slot the ball home, but a draw is better than a defeat

Shoda Shoyu Stadium, Attendance – 3,234

Tokyo Verdy Team – Shibasaki, Koki Anazai, Tamura, Ibayashi, Nakano, Kusumi, Chugo, Y Takagi, Sawai, Kitawaki, Sugimoto

Tokyo Verdy Subs – Ota, Taira, Kaz Anzai, Minami, Takaki, Watanabe, Hiramoto

Thespa Kusatsu Gunma Team – Shimizu, Ichiyanagi, Inui, Tsubouchi, Takase, Segawa, Aoki, Matsushita, Takahashi, Komuta, Tokiwa

Thespa Kusatsu Gunma Subs – Suzuki, Kawagishi, Nagai, Funatsu, Yamagishi, Nakamura, Boka

Match Statistics and Info
5’ GOAL – Gunma – Number 17 – Tokiwa
27’ – Yellow Card – Gunma – Matsushita
30’ GOAL – Verdy – Number 3 – Ibayashi
34’ GOAL – Verdy – Number 14 – Sawai
45’+2’ – Yellow Card – Verdy – Sugimoto
45’ +2’ – Sub – Verdy – Y Takagi Off, Minami On
61’ – Sub – Gunma – Ichiyanagi Off, Funatsu On
62’ – Yellow Card – Verdy – Sawai
71’ – Sub – Verdy – Chugo Off, Takaki On
75’ GOAL – Gunma – Number 13 – Takahashi
81’ – Sub – Gunma – Tokiwa Off, Nagai On
84’ – Sub – Verdy – Koki Anzai Off, Hiramoto On

Shots – Gunma 10 – Tokyo Verdy 5
FK – Gunma 12 – Tokyo Verdy 29
CK – Gunma 5 – Tokyo Verdy 6
PK – Gunma 0 – Tokyo Verdy 0
Cards – Gunma 1/0 – Tokyo Verdy 2/0

Next Game for Tokyo Verdy – Home v Montedio Yamagata, Tuesday, 3rd May, 4pm JST

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