April 15, 2017
Spectacular match between two aspirants to the promotion to Japan League 1 that in this beginning of the season have left very good sensations. Tokushima Vortis, like it happened the last matchday, demonstrated again to be a team that never gives up. Watari was once again the great star of the men of Ricardo Rodríguez with the goal to tie the game in the last minutes (the Japanese forward adds six goals, being still the top scorer of the competition). This point leaves Tokushima Vortis close to Nagoya Grampus, which continues at the top of the standings with 17 points.
Tokushima Vortis had the first great goal chance with a shot by Iwao from outside the box, saved in a spectacular action by Narazaki, goalkeeper of Nagoya Grampus. However, all the goals came in the second half. Tokushima Vortis hit first with the goal of Mawatari in minute 59. The left wing surprised with a breakthrough in the far post to score with his left foot after crossing from the right side.
Nagoya Grampus‘ reaction did not wait and turned the scoreboard around through their two best men: the Swedish Simovic and the Brazilian Felipe Garcia. Between them they made the first goal, only one minute after Tokushima Vortis took the lead, scored by Felipe Garcia after a great pass by Simovic. The 1-2 came in a new combination between Simovic and Felipe Garcia, who served a good crossing to the box that found Nagay’s header.
Being behind in the scoreboard made Tokushima Vortis react. Watari scored after a good play with Sugimoto with five minutes to go. The inside forward, perfect in the definition with the inside of his right foot, made impossible any reaction of Nagoya Grampus goalkeeper. Despite the attempts to score another goal (Ricardo Rodriguez made two substitutions with this objective with the entry of Asceric and Matsumura), the scoreboard did not move. Tokushima Vortis plays next match against Machida Zelvia, team placed in the middle part of the table.
Meanwhile, the main protagonist in Japanese football is Takefusa Kubo. The forward of Tokyo FC becomes, with 15 years, ten months and eleven days, the youngest player to score in an official competition of the Japan League.