June 17, 2017
Goals make the difference, and Tokushima Vortis, for the first time in many matches, found the way to score them easily. So far football had not being quite fair with the men of Ricardo Rodriguez, with a number of goals scored low in comparison to the number of goal chances created. The bad luck ended this matchday with a great win against Roasso Kumamoto.
Definitely, Ricardo Rodríguez has decided to play with two forwards. Yamasaki, one of them, generated the play of the first goal shortly after kick-off. The striker shot from outside the box and the clearance by Roasso Kumamoto’s goalkeeper was sent to the net by Mawatari; it was the 8th minute. The same play repeated in the 2-0 for Tokushima Vortis. Sugimoto recovered the ball in midfield to later assist inside the box to Maekawa, whose shot with his right leg was deflected by the goalkeeper; Yamasaki, the smartest one inside the box, was the fastest to touch the ball and sent it to the net. In only 18 minutes, Tokushima Vortis had already scored two goals, something that had not occurred yet this season.
With the advantage in the scoreboard there was not much more game. The visiting team only had a shot from outside the box in the second half that was well blocked by Tokushima Vortis’ goalkeeper, Hasegawa. The third goal for the men of Ricardo Rodríguez came in the 91st minute of the match, with the blue men’s seal. Mawatari broke through in right wing and his crossing found a spectacular header by Yamasaki that hit the right post of Roasso Kumamoto’s goal. Watari, on the alert, received the deflection from the post, dribbled his defender and scored with his right leg. The striker of Tokushim Vortis already adds ten goals this season and he is only three behind Ibba (Yokohama FC), top scorer of Japan League 2 with thirteen goals.
With this win Tokushima Vortis now has 30 points, seven points less than Avispa Fukuoka and Shonan Bellmare, who still lead the table with 37 points, and only two behind the third, Yokahama. This Wednesday Tokushima Vortis changes competition to face the second round play-offs of the Emperor’s Cup in a home game against Gifu, also a team from Japan League 2.