April 08, 2017
Watari, top scorer of the season for Tokushima Vortis, and also of Japan League 2, with five goals in seven matches, rescued a point in the 91st minute against Renofa Yamaguchi. A very important point for the men of Ricardo Rodríguez that allows them to remain close to the top positions of the table. The matchday, like it happened in previous weeks, finished with a new change of leader: Nagoya Grampus, with their victory against Sanuki by 2-1, is now placed at the top of the standings with 16 points, three more than Tokushima Vortis, which ends in the seventh position.
It was a close match, in which Ricardo Rodríguez continued to bet for his habitual starting line-up. An offensive eleven with the objective of having the possession of the ball. Tokushima Vortis had the first goal chance with a shot of Mawatari blocked by Yamada, goalkeeper of Renofa Yamaguchi, in a great action. Meanwhile, Kajikawa, Tokushima Vortis’ goalkeeper, was very important as usual with two big saves. The first half finished without any movement in the scoreboard and the same offensive alternatives for both teams.
More dynamic was the second half, which started with Watari‘s very dangerous shot cleared by Yamada once again. Renofa Yamaguchi found the goal by Hoshi, a defender, in minute 72. He took advantage of the deflection by Kajikawa to a shot from Yonezawa. His one-touch shot with his left foot was impossible for Kajikawa, despite his quick reaction. In the last fifteen minutes Tokushima Vortis pushed in search for the tie, which they found in the 91st minute. Hirose, in a play in right wing, served a good crossing to the box where Watari‘s spectacularly headed on goal, and placed the ball over the local goalkeeper. A draw that tastes like victory for Tokushima Vortis, who will face next week precisely Nagoya Grampus, the new leader of the Japan League 2.