March 18, 2017
Watari, scoring the winning goal, returned to be decisive for his team in a victory that places Tokushima Vortis in the fourth place of the Japan League 2 with nine points in four matchdays. The striker has scored a total of three goals so far this season, placing himself as the top scorer of the competition alongside Alan Pinheiro of Tokyo Verdy.
The first clear chance for Tokushima Vortis came fifteen minutes into the game, with a shot with his left foot by Konishi that went out very close of the goal defended by Oita Trinita. In the 30th minute of the game arrived the decisive 0-1 by Watari, who found reward to his persistence in a play full of deflections within the local box. The striker, the most incisive of all when he has the goal close, scored with a low shot to put his team in advantage on the scoreboard. There was no reaction from Oita Trinita until the last minutes of the first half. The local team had the opportunity to equalize in a great action of Kohei Isa, who, however, crossed too much his shot with inside the box of Tokushima Vortis.
The second half was more controlled by the men of Ricardo Rodriguez, always from the possession of the ball and the order in the progression of the play. The Spanish coach refreshed the starting line-up with the entry of Ishii in the 59th minute of the match, Uchia in the 77th minute, and Asceric with ten minutes to go. A second half that left a great play by Shimaya. It could have been a great goal by the winger of Tokushima Vortis but he encountered a great save by Kamifukumoto, who place a good right hand to clear the ball close to the post.
Tokushima Vortis‚ victory brings them to the head, and after the fourth matchday of Japan League 2 there is a new change of leader. That role is now occupied by Shonan Bellmare, with ten points after their victory by 0-1 against Ehime FC. The second spot, with the same points, is for Yokohama, after their victory against Gifu (1-2). Precisely, Yokohama will be the rival next week of Ricardo Rodriguez’s squad in an exciting duel given the good shape of both teams.