Mito has never won at Sapporo Dome, but the last match of the year saw a close chance.
The first 3/4 of the game could undoubtedly be considered to be in Mito's control. Eleven minutes in, forward Shiozawa took a high ball and his headed shot was perfectly placed in the upper right corner for the quick lead.
It wouldn't be until Sapporo's Davi took his second goal that the home team took firm control, and the ball control became more evenly contested.
Mito has nothing to be ashamed of for this match, as with the last one, incredible effort showed that this team with this coach has the ability to compete against any team in the country despite the lowest attendance and least money by far. I expect the fan appreciation day tomorrow will be full of incredible joy and pride in Ibaraki's little team in the big city.
With Tokyo's draw, this win secured Sapporo's place as division champions. Tokushima's loss kept Mito from being in bottom place for the first time in history, and prevented what could have been a huge irony... Ibaraki's two teams at completely opposite ends of the board. Kashima completed an amazing comeback in the standings to clinch a dramatic J. League championship hours after Sapporo took Division 2.
I am sad to see the season end but so happy to see it end as well as it did. I am confident that no team has played as hard as Mito has in the past month. The closest team that comes to mind would have to be Kashima.