May 13, 2017
Tokushima Vortis, despite the draw, signed one of their best matches of the season, with up to five clear chances of goal in a great exhibition of offensive football by the blues. However, accuracy failed again, a deficit that is keeping Tokushima Vortis away from the top positions. Nevertheless, the men of Ricardo Rodriguez never lost faith in the match, as has happened in other matches, and saved a point in the 94th minute through Iwao.
The first great chance for Tokushima Vortis came soon. High pressure, ball recovery and shot by Watari that Victor, the rival goalkeeper, deflected. Gifu’s goalkeeper was the star of the match with several actions of great merit. The second opportunity came after a play involving Sugimoto, Maekawa and Mawatari. Among the three created a one-touch play with a final shot by Mawatari that went over the goal of Gifu. The end of that play, without a doubt, deserved the prize of the goal. Likewise, the subsequent play of Sugimoto, who received an assistance from the left wing by Iwao, ended with a shot that went out very close to the right post of the goal of the visiting team. Sugimoto could not believe it, like all the local fans, who witnessed that the football exhibition of his team could not be transformed into goals.
The second half also started with a carrousel of chances for the locals. The first for Carlinhos, one of the novelties in the starting line-up of Ricardo Rodríguez this matchday. The midfielder threw a missile from outside the box that was cleared spectacularly by Victor, goalkeeper of Gifu, who sent the ball to corner. In the same corner the local team had a new opportunity: Sugimoto, after a head assist by Watari, was very close to connect with the ball inside the small box of Gifu, although his stretch fell short. Pure frustration for Tokushima Vortis, in particular after the visitors’ goal in their only offensive action in which Fujiwara, in an attempt to clear the ball, deflected Nagashima’s shot, making it impossible for Kajikawa to reach the ball. A very hard blow for Ricardo Rodríguez’s men. But this team never gives up and in the last play of the match they found the tie with the goal of Iwao. Mawatari broke through the right wing and his crossing to the box found Iwao’s shot into goal to add a point that keeps Tokushima Vortis in seventh position with 21 points.
Meanwhile, Shonan Bellmare is the leader with 27 points after winning 0-1 over Kumamoto. This Wednesday Japan League 2 returns for Tokushima Vortis in the match against Kanazawa. A great opportunity for Ricardo Rodríguez’s men to close the gap with the top positions.