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.




Tokushima Vortis were able to seal a new victory in another spectacular match against Mito Hollyhock. Nomura, after great collective play, scored the winning goal for the hosts that places them in playoff spots; four victories in the last five matches. With this win, Tokushima are currently in fifth position with 64 points, one point away from sixth place and only three points away from direct promotion spot, currently in the hands of Montedio.

To seal that victory, Tokushima had to come back from behind on the scoreline once again. Mito Hollyhock went ahead on the scoreboard in the 20th minute through a counterattack launched and successfully completed by Fukumitsu. Mito had the opportunity to widen the scoreline a few minutes later, but the shot went out of Tokushima’s goal.

Ricardo Rodríguez’s team were quick to react in the second half. The first attempt came from a set piece that ended with great intervention by Mito goalkeeper against Kishimoto’s shot. The equaliser, however, came in the 62nd minute. Tokushima played the ball from the left wing into the penalty area where Kawata was able to score from close range. Towards the end of the game, Mito failed twice to make it 1-2, however Tokushima were able to score in the final minutes of the game thanks to a great shot by Nomura.

The next match will be played against Gifu, who are at the bottom of the table and are fighting relegation.


Tokushima Vortis secured an important victory against a team that is fighting for the same objective towards the end of the season: promotion to Japan League 1.

The match started off at a very high pace, with Tokushima Vortis scoring in the 19th minute. The Vortis player passed the ball to Uchida whose shot, luckily, was caught off by Ishii and was able to score the first goal.

However, Omiya Ardija did not take long to react. They gained possession of the ball in the center of the field and that ended with a good shot from outside the area by Babunski who was able to equalise. Five minutes later, the locals scored the second goal from a long cross that Ippei was able to finish with a shot from outside the goal of Tokushima. Kishimoto, Vortis’ player, also had a chance to score through an individual action but it was blocked by Omiya’s goalkeeper. Before halftime, Nomura scored the second goal through a good shot on goal.

In the second half the locals scored the equaliser through a header from Sakai from a corner kick. Despite the goal, Tokushima continued their fight for the 3 points. Through collective play Uchida managed to score the third goal after beating two rivals. That goal was worth three points for Tokushima, who currently have 61 points, and are in sixth place along with Mito Hollyhock, whom they will play at home next match.