And both teams just played one of the dirtiest games I have ever seen.
During the first half, forward Iwadate was charged with a perhaps unfairly issued yellow card, and when his fairly charged tackle in the second half resulted in dismissal, he lashed out emotionally, leading to a verbal clash from all members on the field. Leaving, he violently kicked an advertising board and stormed angrily off the field. It was fairly shocking and many supporters were unsympathetic. Later in the half, rookie defender Nakamura would also see his second yellow and head off. Several Tosu players as well were especially dangerous with tackling as well, but nobody on that side was sent off. Tosu also delayed the game several times with false injuries to go along with a real injury, as despite being two down at the end in both points and players, Mito continued to make close plays to the end.
Disregarding the large amount of unfair play from both sides, Mito largely played a bit better than Tosu, but both allowed goals were uncontroversial.