March 04, 2017
First defeat of the season for Tokushima Vortis in a game where they deserved much more for their level of play and goal chances. The 1-0, in addition, came in the 90th minute of the game, which left the squad of Ricardo Rodriguez without any possibility of reaction. The Spanish coach bet to start again having the control of the ball, with an offensive 3-4-3 system.
Kyoto, meanwhile, focused all their game in set-pieces and counterattack. In the 19th minute came the first opportunity for the local team, in a header from Masashi Oguro that went out very close to the goal defended by Kajikawa. It was not until the 30th minute of the game when Tokushima arrived with real danger after a great combination completed with a crossing to the area that Yamakasi, in a failed shot, did not find the goal. His shot with his left foot went over the crossbar. Five minutes later came an unlucky shot from outside the box by Hirose, closing the first half with no more chances for both teams, who stretched their lines in the second period.
With 60 minutes played, Tokushima, thanks to pressure on the opponent‚s ball output, another of the trademarks that Ricardo Rodriguez is looking for in his team, had the best chance of the whole match. Sato, who had only been a couple of minutes on the pitch (replacing Yamakasi) put a spectacular through-pass to Mawatari, who sought a back pass, however, the crossing could not be kicked by Hirose for a few centimeters.
Kyoto, meanwhile, maintained its keynote of betting everything to headers, and more after the entrance of Kevin Oris, very powerful in this type of actions. Thus came the 1-0 in the 90th minute of the match. Kevin Oris was quicker than Tokushima‚s defence to assist Tanaka, who defined perfectly to the right of Kajiwana‚s goal. Despite the 1-0 defeat, Tokushima showed again that they are an offensive team (10 shots on goal), but this time accuracy failed.
Tokushima falls to mid table with this score and next week awaits V-Varen Nagasaki. The lead of the Japan League 2 is for Shonan, who had their second consecutive victory after beating Kasatsu 3-1.