July 01, 2017
Tokushima Vortis climbs to the third place in the Japan League 2, position that gives field advantage in the play-off, after adding a new show of goals. The third consecutive win. A victory with double value, as it was the derby of Shikoku. This time it was Ehime who suffered the hurricane of football by the men of Ricardo Rodriguez, who, undoubtedly, go through their best moment of the season. After the doubts generated with the draws and losses in May and beginning of June, the team is now speeding up, going from the intermediate positions of the table to the play-offs spots in only three matches.
The derby against Ehime did not break until the 40th minute. After several chances for Tokushima Vortis in the first half, the first goal came in a long play with several actions. First Watari sent the ball to the post of Ehime. In the continuation of the play, Mawatari picked up the deflection, firing a shot on goal that was cleared by the goalkeeper, who could not do anything in the next shot by Shimaya with his right leg. The first half closed 1-0 for Tokushima Vortis.
The advantage, however, was going to last little. Ehime tied the game in the 52nd minute with a penalty kick converted by Kawahara. Despite the tie, Tokushima Vortis did not change a bit their plan, always looking for an offensive and joyful football. In the 60th minute Tokushima Vortis took the lead again in the scoreboard with an own goal of Ehime. In the attempt to clear the shot of Shimaya, Rindo, defender of Ehime, introduced the ball inside the goal. A goal that ended up being key in the following minutes, when the local team reaffirmed the victory with two more goals. Both with Watari as protagonist. The first one only four minutes later, in the 64th minute. The top scorer of Tokushima Vortis (14 this season) received back on goal inside the box and in a spectacular turn he shot with his left foot to sign one of his best goals of the season. The definite 4-1, in the 75th minute, re-emphasized the spectacular pair that form Yamasaki and Watari. After a through-pass from Iwao, Yamasaki dribbled the goalkeeper in the edge of the box to assist Watari, who did not miss in a shot with his left foot.
The victory was celebrated all over the place by Ricardo Rodríguez’s men, who are now only looking at the top two positions in the standings, where Avispa Fukuoka and Shonan Bellmare are tied to 43 points, seven ahead of Tokushima Vortis. The next matchday, the blues play in the field of Nagoya Grampus, a team that is only two points behind and also aspires to play next season in Japan League 1.