March 12, 2017
Tokushima Vortis won against V-Varen Nagasaki 3-1 in a spectacular second half, when Ricardo Rodriguez´s players turned the score thanks, especially, to the entrance of Shimaya in the 46th minute of the game, the player who revolutionized the game and scored a goal, and Watari, with two goals.
Tokushima Vortis did not have the first clear chance until half hour into the game. After a long play, the header by Vasiljevic went out very close to the right post of the goal defended by Masuda, goalkeeper of the visiting team. The score moved in the 40th minute of the game. The visitors, who had hardly had an offensive presence during the first half, were ahead 0-1 with a goal from Shute Kono. V-Varen Nagasaki striker used a long ball to the back of the defence of Vortis to make a spectacular move that ended with a subtle shot, impossible to Kajikawa. The first half ended with V-Varen Nagasaki in advantage.
In the second half, Ricardo Rodriguez shook the team with the entry of Shimaya, ultimately decisive in the second victory of Tokushima Vortis. He made the play of the tie dribbling his defender in the right wing and serving a spectacular assistance to Watari, who topped the inside of the goal of V-Varen Nagasaki with a nice header. Watari also was the main actor of the second goal, first forcing a free-kick on the edge of the box. Mawatari shot on goal and the ball was deflected with the head by Watari inside the small box to make the 2-1.
With the lead in the scoreboard, Tokushima Vortis had the opportunity to close the match with a double chance in the 80th minute of the match. The 3-1 came after a penalty over Shimaya, who was tackled down inside the box. Shimaya executed the penalty to leave the three points in the locker room of the local team, who are now placed sixth in the table with two victories and one defeat in three games. The new leader of Japan League 2 is JEF United, who stands with seven points after winning 2-0 against Grampus.
The great star of the day, meanwhile, was the legendary Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest professional footballer in Japan, who celebrated half a century in February, and became the first player of more than 50 years to score in the championship of his country. "King Kazu" scored in the 40th minute of the 1-0 win of his team, Yokohama FC, against Thespakusatsu Gunma.