Tokushima Vortis are moving forward in their goal to get promoted to Japan League 1 after overcoming the tie against Ventforet in a tough game.
Ventforet, were once again for Tokushima Vortis a complicated team to face. Even having to play with 10 –men from the 47th minute after the sending off of Allano, the visitors showed no signs of weakness.
Ricardo RodrIguez opted for this first final with his most repeated eleven, in a 3-4-3 formation. The first goal did not come until the 32nd minute, through Kawata in a shot on goal that was deflected by Ventforet’s goalkeeper. Vortis’s offensive profile came into play again when Buijs, a full-back, joined the attack to finish off a Shimaya shot into the penalty area. However, the locals joy lasted only two minutes. Utaka, former Tokushima player, scored the goal with a shot into the penalty area that came off as a surprise to Kajikawa.
The final thirty minutes was of high intensity, with one last chance for Ventforet within the penalty area. The draw gives Tokushima a pass to the next round, after being above their rival in Japan League 2 table. Ricardo Rodriguez’s team will play the second to last qualifying round at home against Montedio, who beat Omiya Ardija (0-2).