Once again, Tokushima showed their strength in the away games; an area where Tokushima are mainly emphasizing their chances of promotion to Japan League 1 adding victory after victory. The win against Tokyo Verdy also reaffirms Ricardo Rodríguez’s team in the lead, already with a three-point advantage over Avispa Fukuoka and a five-point advantage over Nagasaki, third placed.
Kiyotake put Tokushima ahead in the 18th minute of the game, ending a long offensive play with a first-touch shot inside the box. Shortly after Tokushima netted a new goal, but the action was cancelled due to offside of Kiyotake, who assisted for the goal. Tokyo Verdy’s goal came towards halftime, in a quick offensive transition after recovering the ball from their own half. Fujita finished successfully crossing the ball against Kamifukumoto. It was the first dangerous approach of the locals, accurate against the rival goal.
The second half remained even, with the action speeding up in the last ten minutes. Tokyo Verdy could have had the 2-1 advantage with a shot that went out very close to Tokushima’s goal. Next, Nishiya committed penalty in favor of Tokushima, with a handball from the defender of Tokyo Verdy. Iwao, calmly, managed to score from eleven meters. But this goal would not be the end of the game. Already in extra time, the referee ruled as offside the equalizing goal of the local team.
An exciting new ending – and it turned out favourable for Tokushima this season.