Sanga broke our hearts again.
For the second year in a row, the J2 team finished in third place in the regular season.
The top two teams - this year Gamba Osaka and Vissel Kobe - automatically qualify for promotion to J1. The four teams that finish in third, fourth, fifth and sixth place enter a playoff for the final spot in J1.
Kyoto tied in its first match, against sixth place Nagasaki, and thus "won" and proceeded to the final game against the winner of the match between the fourth and fifth place teams.
On Sunday, at the National Stadium in Tokyo, all Kyoto had to do to earn promotion was not lose.
Tokushima scored two first half goals, and that was more than enough.
Kyoto dominated the entire match - shots on goal (Kyoto 13, Tokushima 4), corner kicks (Kyoto 11, Tokushima 4), and ball possession - but could not score.
And thus we are back in lowly J2 for yet another year.
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