Tokushima Vortis were able to seal their third consecutive victory in Japan League 2 in a hard-fought match against Avispa Fukuoka. The Blues opened the scoring in the 19th minute. Avispa Fukuoka’s goalkeeper managed to save a shot from outside the penalty area but Kishimoto was available to score the rebound.
Tokushima went up by two goals half an hour into the game. Buijs gave a long-range pass down the left wing to Sugimoto who, after excellent individual action, scored the second goal with a superb strike; undoubtedly one of the best so far this season.
After clearly dominating the first half, Tokushima Vortis faced a new test in the second half, where Avispa Fukuoka narrowed the scoreline in the 55th minute with a goal from Yang Dong-hyun. However, Ricardo Rodríguez’s team managed to maintain the lead until the final whistle of the game.
The victory places Tokushima Vortis (currently at 27 points) among the top ten in the table and four points away from sixth place holders Kashiwa Reysol (currently at 31 points). Montedio lead the table with 39 points, only four points away from second place Omiya Ardija. Tokushima Vortis will play next a crucial away game against Ventforet, who are currently fourth in Japan League 2 with 33 points.
Tokushima Vortis were able to seal a very important victory during their visit to Yokohama FC. The win proves that the Blues are willing to fight for promotion to Japan League 1 next season.
The match started off well for Tokushima Vortis. Kishimoto played the ball from the right wing into the penalty area. The ball hit Nomura’s knee and into the goal, giving Vortis the lead. Ricardo Rodríguez’s team dominated the game onwards. Sugimoto tried his luck from a long distance shot. The hosts barely created chances in the first half, except for a shot that went over Tokushima’s goal.
Yokohama were able to create a couple of chances during the second half. However, Kajikawa was always quick to react. The second goal came in the 72nd minute, with an assist from Kishimoto. Tokushima’s winger dribbled the ball past Yokohama’s defender and gave a pass into the penalty area to Watai who netted the second goal. Yokohama were able to close the gap in the 89th minute with a great shot from Barbosa from outside the penalty area.
The victory leaves Tokushima Vortis with 24 points; 4 points away from V-Varen Nagasaki who are currently in sixth place. Tokushima Vortis will play Avispa Fukuoka next, an opponent currently in bottom table of Japan League 2.
Tokushima Vortis were able to seal a victory that carved a new path for the Blues in Japan League 2. The win places Tokushima higher up in the rankings after gaining all three points against Machida Zelvia. The Blues demonstrated decisiveness throughout the game, both defensively and offensively.
It is their second consecutive game without conceding a goal. However, the idea of scoring and defending is far from Tokushima’s game philosophy. Tokushima had a large number of goal-scoring opportunities against an opponent who, also, had its own chances at scoring. The first chance came from Tokushima’s player Nomura who attempted to score through a shot on goal all the way from the halfway line and was very close to netting the goal of the season. Machida Zelvia later responded with two attempts, both through a cross into the penalty area but Kajikawa was always quick to react. However, the clearest chance came through Machida’s forward, Togashi who, after making his way into the penalty area, fired a shot that went over Tokushima’s goal. Morimura were able to find the net towards the end of the first half, but the goal was ruled out for offside. The first half was developing at a fast pace, with Tokushima playing an offensive 4-3-3 formation. Ricardo Rodríguez’s team attempted to score in the final minutes with a shot from Sugimoto but it was saved by Machida’s goalkeeper.
In the second half Tokushima were able to find the net through Kawata’s spectacular goal in the 75th minute of the game. The forward dribbled past the defenders inside the penalty area and fired a shot,that was impossible for Machida’s goalkeeper to save. The visiting team attempted to find the equalizer, but were stopped by the Blues’ solid defense. Forward Kawata was also a hero defensively, preventing Machida from equalizing through a corner kick, giving all three points to Tokushima Vortis.
At this point, the Blues have 21 points and are six points away from the play-offs. Hopefully the good run will continue in their next game against Yokohama FC.
Four matches later, Tokushima Vortis finally managed to keep a clean sheet, even though they were not able to score against their opponent. Ricardo Rodríguez opted for his 3-4-3 classic formation with Kawata up front.
The first half saw equal chances for both teams, with a chance for Zweigen, from a counterattack. Vortis came close to scoring in the opposing goal through a deflected shot from Iwao.
The first few minutes of the second half were similar to that of the first half, with the match gaining momentum during the last twenty minutes. Tokushima were searching for the goal, through several attempted chances on goal. First chance came from a freekick by Konishi, that was saved by Zweigen’s goalkeeper. Moments later, Kawata had another clearer chance on goal, with a shot from within the penalty area that went just over the bar. Nomura was also close to scoring a goal with a great shot from outside the penalty area that came off the post. Despite Tokushima’s continuous efforts on goal, they failed to score.
The draw leaves the Blues with 18 points, in 14th place in Japan League 2 table. The next game, Tokushima Vortis will continue to fight for that win but this time against Machida Zelvia at home.
Tokushima Vortis failed to take home any points in their visit to V-Varen, in a game that saw multiple goal-scoring opportunities for Vortis. Tomizawa, V-Varen’s goalkeeper, was able to maintain a clean sheet during the 90 minutes of the game, causing frustration for the Vortis’ players.
The match began at a high pace with Iwao having the first chance on goal through a shot from outside the penalty area that was greatly saved by Varen’s goalkeeper. Kishimito was also close to scoring the first goal for Tokushima through a header. V-Varen, on the other hand, were able to convert the first chance they had into a goal in the first quarter of the hour. Goya picked up the ball from within the penalty area and netted a volley against goalkeeper Kajikawa. Tokushima were quick to react after the first goal with another goal-scoring opportunity, but it was saved by V-Varen’s goalkeeper. The shot was converted into a corner kick, resulting in a header from Sugimoto that went over the crossbar. The first half came to an end with a shot from Konishi from outside the penalty area that came very close to the goal of V-Varen.
The scenario in the second half was similar to that of the first half, with Tokushima Vortis trying to convert chances into goals, in search of a draw. The first goal opportunity came from Nomura’s cross from the left side into the penalty area. Kano fired a shot that went over the crossbar. Then, in a quick counterattack, Oshitani came one-to-one with the goalkeeper but he failed to find the back of the net. To make things worse, the match ended with a shot from Kishimito, that was saved once again by Tomizawa.
Tokushima Vortis, were the better side but again failed to transform that dominance into points. The Blues currently have 17 points and are ranked 16 in the table. The main goal is to escape the bottom of the table as soon as possible. The match against Zweigen Kanazawa will play a decisive part in determing the future.