Tokushima Vortis have managed to reach the final step of the season; their match against Shonan Bellmare – a team from Japan League 1- in which they play for their promotion to the highest category of Japanese football. The game will be played next Saturday, December 14. However, regardless of what happens in that game, Tokushima Vortis’ season can be described as outstanding.
Ricardo Rodríguez opted once again for his classic 3-4-3 against Montedio, an offensive structure despite the fact that a draw would have been enough for Tokushima. During the beginning of the game, risky behaviour of Buijs with the ball gave a clear goal chance to Montedio, but that was prevented thanks to great intervention from Kajikawa. After that however, Tokushima gained back their momentum. The clearest chances for goal came half an hour after the game, through spectacular individual action from Nomura who gave an assist to Sugimoto, who, however, wasn’t able to find the net. The first half finished with two more scoring opportunities for both teams, although without goals.
Kawata netted the first goal in the 52nd minute of the match through a pass from Iwao. The goal was of quality action from a decisive striker for Tokushima in the final stretch of the championship. Montedio, having to score two goals, opened their attack in the final stretch of the match. Tokushima however managed through strong defensive play to achieve the goal of reaching the last final of the year.