May 07, 2017
Tokushima Vortis was stopped again in an away match, a game full of chances and goals that ended with Fagiano Okayama’s 3-2 victory. The loss leaves the team of Ricardo Rodriguez in seventh place of the Japan League 2 with 20 points. The table continues to be led by Yokohama FC and Shonan Bellmare, both with 24 points after tying this matchday.
Tokushima Vortis took the lead in the scoreboard in the 20th minute with a great header by Maekawa, assisted spectacularly by Shimaya, who returned to the starting eleven after being sent off in the match against JEF United. Shimaya discovered a hole in the right side of Fagiano Okayama to put the ball in the head of Maekawa with a perfect assist. Nevertheless, the joy was short for Tokushima Vortis, punished again in a strategy play. In a corner-kick, the local team tied the match with a header by Toyokawa. Minutes later came the 2-1 for Fagiano Okayama, in a play in right-wing and again with Toyokowaka as protagonist. His crossing to the box was cleared by Tokushima Vortis’ goalkeeper, Kjikawa, which resulted in a second chance for the local team. Tsukagwa, with a great technical play, scored the goal.
After the break, Ricardo Rodriguez once again moved the team with the entrance of Yamasaki, forward, for the midfielder Konishi. The substitution gave Tokushima Vortis a more offensive version and ended up yielding result with the goal of the tie in the 60th minute. Shimaya was again the assistant from the right side, placing a great crossing that Watari kicked into the net. The Tokushima Vortis inside forward thus broke with his scoring drought that already lasted three matches, and is now only one goal behind Ibba (Yokohama FC), top scorer of the Japan League 2 with eight goals. However, the goal by Watari, unlike to what happened in other matches, did not translate into points. The local team found the 3-2 in a play where the pressure by Tokushima Vortis, far from having effect, opened a gap in midfield that Fujimoto took advantage of. The local striker dribbled Tokushima Vortis’ defenders to kick with his left foot into the net. A play that was unstoppable for Kajikawa.