23 April 2011

Mito 2 - 1 Tokushima

Mito won a thriller at quake-damaged K's Stadium with 2nd half goals from Okamoto and Tokiwa.

Tokushima took the lead early in the first half from a perfectly placed free kick, and the first half saw Mito play far too conservatively, with only 4 shots. Mito came back after the half time talk and tied it up with plenty of time left. All that time would be needed, as Tokiwa replaced his goal-scoring teammate to take the winning goal himself in the 4th minute of 4-minute extra time.

Tokiwa's backflips in celebration stunned the crowd as always, but the crowd was unfortunately small. With the covered main stand damaged from the earthquake and a strong rainstorm threatening those in attendance, only 1200 fans make the trip to the back stand this day.

Mito has held the 1st place spot in J2 since just before 3PM, but that could end in about 10 minutes with Shonan leading at Sapporo. Unless other front running teams have big wins, Mito has a good chance to finish in the promotion zone at the end of the round. Only 36 games to go!

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