Just the Way It Is
Faced with the prospect of defeat after dominating all previous matches, Team V responds to Team Z's awakening by evolving their game. Team V takes the lead with a goal by Nagi kicked from an impossibly tight angle. With that goal, Nagi suddenly finds soccer fun after viewing the game as boring. In response, Chigiri makes another long pass to himself with assistance from Isagi, who blocks out Nagi from getting to the ball, and shoots at the goal that is saved. Gagamaru gets the rebound and makes a shot that is blocked by Mikage, and on the rebound Kunigami shoots and scores to tie the score at 4-4. In seeing the way his teammates are playing, Kuon recalls that he used to be enthusiastic about soccer, but his overbearing demeanor alienated his teammates. With the match entering stoppage time, Nagi breaks away for an easy goal, but Kuon tackles Nagi that gets him a red card. On the ensuing free kick outside the penalty box, Nagi's shot is blocked by Gagamaru just before it enters the net. Isagi gets the ball on the rebound as he leads the charge to make one last attempt to score the match-winning goal that gets Team Z into the next round.