Three points is the distance that separates Tokushima Vortis, currently with 54 points, from sixth place after their recent victory. Never before have the Blues been so close to the play-off spots this season. That is undoubtedly great news, especially taking into account the Tokushima’s great form in this final wrap-up to the season.
The hosts had the first opportunity to score half an hour into the game, through a play down the left wing that ended up in a cross shot into the penalty box. Ishii, coming from behind, did not find the best opportunity to make it 1-0 for the Blues. Five minutes later, through another play from the left wing, Nomura was able to score the first goal from a great individual action.
The advantage on the scoreline gave Tokushima control of the game during the second half, where the Blues’ central defender Buijs, emerged as the most dangerous player in attack. First chance came through a header from inside the penalty box through a cross from Nomura, and in the 66th minute of the match he scored the second goal from the penalty spot – after a foul committed on Watai.
The match ended with a new victory for Tokushima Vortis. The next game, Ricardo Rodríguez’s team hopes to definitely seal the play-off spots in their match against Tochigi.