May 03, 2017
Tokushima Vortis showed in the match against Avispa Fukuoka a tremendous faith in their possibilities. The men of Ricardo Rodriguez were facing this game after losing 2-0 in the last match, and the game against Avispa Fukuoka could not start worse with a goal by Saneto in the 20th minute of the match. The goal came in a corner-kick for the visiting team. In an error in the clearance by the local defence, Saneto, free of mark in the far post, made the 0-1 with a shot impossible for Kajikawa, goalkeeper of Tokushima Vortis. Far from collapsing, the local team levelled the match just four minutes after in a great play by Shimaya. The midfielder drew a diagonal from the left side into the centre of the box to score with his right foot close to the right post of the goal defended by Sugiyama, goalkeeper of Avispa Fukuoka. A goal that cleared any doubt that Tokushima Vortis could have. Also those of Kajikawa, once more decisive. Before the break the local goalkeeper stood out with a spectacular save in a free-kick from Sueyoshi. An action full of agility and reflexes to clear the ball. The first half ended with a draw to one.
The winning goal for the men of Ricardo Rodríguez came in the 58th minute, with an effective pressure by Uchida on the rival defence. The local player recovered the ball in the left wing in the middle of the field to run to the box, where he executed a perfect left-footed crossed shot that Fukuoka’s goalkeeper could not save. Once again the high pressure of Tokushima Vortis‘ front line payed off.
A goal that was celebrated in style by all the team, conscious that it places them within the top positions of Japan League 2 with 20 points in eleven matches. Tokushima Vortis visits next matchday Fagiano Okayama, a team with only eleven points in the table. Meanwhile, the leader of the competition remains Yokahama FC, who reaches 23 points after winning Ehime FC by 4-0, but tied in points to Shonan Bellmare.