Tokushima Vortis deserved to seal all three points because of their dominance and multiple goal-scoring chances throughout the game against JEF United. The match, unlike the Blues’ previous matches, saw Tokushima go one nil down in the early minutes of the game. Kajikawa committed a foul within the penalty area, which was converted into a goal by JEF United’s Funayama.
Half an hour earlier however, Kishimoto, through individual play, was close to scoring through a shot that came very close to the opponent’s goal. Buijs, during the same play, headed close range from a corner kick that went wide over the goal.
During the second half, Ricardo Rodriguez increased his team’s offensive efforts through bringing on Watai from the bench. The first chance came early into the second half through a shot from Sato that was saved by the goalkeeper. Watai, however, scored a few minutes later, in great team play that ended with a shot on goal for the Vortis forward. The Blues continued fighting for a second goal. Sugimoto, in the 71st minute of the game, fired a great shot that went very close to JEF United’s goal. Nomura, in the 88th minute, was denied a goal through a great save by JEF United’s goalkeeper. Oshitani was also denied a volley shot from a corner kick that went right over the goal.
Despite all the efforts by Tokushima Vortis, the game ended in a draw, leaving the Blues with 31 points, closing the gap with Ventforet (currently 33 points), in sixth place. Tokushima Vortis will play Kashiwa Reysol next.