Tokushima Vortis were able to seal a victory that carved a new path for the Blues in Japan League 2. The win places Tokushima higher up in the rankings after gaining all three points against Machida Zelvia. The Blues demonstrated decisiveness throughout the game, both defensively and offensively.
It is their second consecutive game without conceding a goal. However, the idea of scoring and defending is far from Tokushima’s game philosophy. Tokushima had a large number of goal-scoring opportunities against an opponent who, also, had its own chances at scoring. The first chance came from Tokushima’s player Nomura who attempted to score through a shot on goal all the way from the halfway line and was very close to netting the goal of the season. Machida Zelvia later responded with two attempts, both through a cross into the penalty area but Kajikawa was always quick to react. However, the clearest chance came through Machida’s forward, Togashi who, after making his way into the penalty area, fired a shot that went over Tokushima’s goal. Morimura were able to find the net towards the end of the first half, but the goal was ruled out for offside. The first half was developing at a fast pace, with Tokushima playing an offensive 4-3-3 formation. Ricardo Rodríguez’s team attempted to score in the final minutes with a shot from Sugimoto but it was saved by Machida’s goalkeeper.
In the second half Tokushima were able to find the net through Kawata’s spectacular goal in the 75th minute of the game. The forward dribbled past the defenders inside the penalty area and fired a shot,that was impossible for Machida’s goalkeeper to save. The visiting team attempted to find the equalizer, but were stopped by the Blues’ solid defense. Forward Kawata was also a hero defensively, preventing Machida from equalizing through a corner kick, giving all three points to Tokushima Vortis.
At this point, the Blues have 21 points and are six points away from the play-offs. Hopefully the good run will continue in their next game against Yokohama FC.