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).
Tokushima Vortis did not fail and will play the play-offs for the promotion to the Japan League 1 after sealing a comfortable victory against Renofa Yamaguchi and securing 73 points. The team led by Ricardo Rodríguez showed again the dynamics that they have been exhibiting for a long time, with offensive and very successful football when it comes to scoring.
Tokushima had the first goal opportunity in the 9th minute of the match through Kawata, in an individual action from Vortis’ striker that ended with a shot above the crossbar. Kawata returned once again half an hour throughout the game, with a great shot from outside the box that crashed into the crossbar. After two warnings, the Vortis striker was able to score a goal in the 38th minute. Tokushima thus achieved the goal of getting ahead on the scoreboard and thus avoiding looking at other results.
A sense of relief for the Blues came along after Kawata’s second goal as soon as the second half started in an attempt that surpassed Renofa’s goalkeeper. Tamukai, in the 50th minute, made the final 3-0 coming from behind to finish off an attempt down the left wing.
Tokushima closed the season with spectacular numbers, especially in the final part of the season, with 11 victories in the last 15 games of Japan League 2. With these statistics they have reached the play-offs, playing the first game against Ventforet at home. The other clash is Omiya Ardija-Montedio. Yokohama, meanwhile, guaranteed their promotion to Japan League 1 along with Kashiwa Reysol.
Tokushima Vortis are very close to sealing their classification to the play-offs to Japan League 1 after their victory against Tokyo Verdy. Ricardo Rodríguez’s team are in need of only one point from their final game to achieve this goal, since they are ahead in goal difference of both Kyoto Sanga (7º), and Ventforet (6º), who are level on the number of points (68).
Despite the pressure, Tokushima Vortis gave it all to go for the victory. The first occasion came in the 30th minute, in a quick exit from the penalty area that ended with a shot over Tokyo Verdy’s goal. It was a headstart for what was bound to happen shortly before the break, with Sugimoto’s goal from outside the penalty area. However, there were two clear scoring opportunities for Tokyo Verdy before halftime, one of them with a spectacular intervention from Kajikawa.
Upon starting the second half, Tokushima were able to score the second goal of the match in a great collective play with a lovely finish from Kawata. Despite the advantage, the hosts were able to narrow the score after a goal from Koike through a corner kick.
At the end however, Tokushima were able to seal the three points and will face Renofa Yamaguchi in their last game of the season.
Tokushima Vortis’ future will be decided during their last two coming games following their defeat at home against Yokohama. Direct promotion is now impossible for the Blues and therefore they are now focused on ending the season in the top six to try to get promoted to Japan League 1 through the play-offs.
Ricardo Rodríguez opted for a 3-4-3 formation, in attempt to reach the rival’s goal. The first approach occurred in the 13th minute, through a double occasion for Sugimoto and Nomura that did not however end up in a goal. A better opportunity for the Blues came along in the 20th minute, in a shot from Watai that came off very close to Yokohama’s goal.
The visitors did not impose any danger until the 62nd minute of the match. Nakamura, a star in Japanese football, was in charge of taking the free kicks. This ended in goal for Yokohama, but was canceled because it was ruled offside. The match reached the final phase, awaiting the decisive goal. Buijs was close to scoring that goal for Tokushima, but Yokohama found the prize in the 76th minute, through a goal from Takeda following a counterattack.
The defeat leaves Tokushima in sixth place with 67 points, two points above Ventforet, Kyoto Sanga as well as Okayama. The next match will be played away from home against Tokyo Verdy.
Tokushima Vortis marked their biggest victory of the season against Gifu. Seven goals were scored, in a display of goalscoring versatility from Ricardo Rodriguez’s team.
That explains why Buijs, a central defender, opened the scoring through a spectacular free-kick or why Oshitani, who came on in the second half, scored the seventh goal in a great shot from outside the penalty area.
In the meantime, Tokushima controlled the match, with no surprises against a rival fighting relegation. Vortis scored two penalties- Iwao (38′) and Kawata (40′)- and three more goals that came from Sugimoto (30′), Kawata (63′) and Nomura (65′) through collective plays.
That was a new victory for Tokushima Vortis, 19 in total, 9 of which were in the last 12 matches. That puts them in fifth place with 67 points. There are only three games left until the end of the season, and the next match is a decisive one that will be played at home against Yokohama, who are second in the table with 70 points; an opportunity for Vortis to enter the positions of direct promotion to Japan League 1.