August 06, 2017
Tokushima Vortis paid a heavy toll against JEF United after suffering the hardest part of the season, playing consecutively aginst the top two teams in Japan League 2: Shonan Bellmare (53 points) and Avispa Fukuoka (52 points). A mountain that left sequels in the men of Ricardo Rodriguez, and that, in a competition as even as the Japan League 2, is a potential danger, as demonstrated with the defeat against JEF United, a team that controlled the game and had the better chances on goal.
Tokushima Vortis particularly suffered in left wing, from where JEF United generated almost all their dangerous attempts on goal. From that part of the field came a crossing to the box that found Kiyotake’s shot, unmarked. JEF United had again the opening goal minutes later following a counterattack finalised by Funayama, who could not resolve against Hasegawa. There was no answer from Tokushima Vortis, in which Sato was the novelty in the line-up as a companion in attack of Watari. JEF United’s took the lead with a goal in the 45th minute of the first half, in the stoppage time. It came again from left wing of Tokushima Vortis. A bad clearance by Mawatari turned into a perfect pass for JEF United midfielder Machida, who picked up the ball and assisted Larrivey to make the 0-1. The Argentine striker did not miss in his definition against Hasegawa, placing the ball under the legs of Tokushima Vortis’ goalkeeper. The scoreboard reflected what the first half had been, with the men of Ricardo Rodriguez without the ability to overcome their rival.
The beginning of the second half, despite the substitutions made by Ricardo Rodriguez, followed the same script. JEF United could have extended the punishment with a header from Yada, in a corner-kick that hit the crossbar. The best chance for Tokushima Vortis did not come until mid second half. Mawatari crossed to the box for a header from Shimaya, who was cleared by Sato, JEF United’s goalkeeper. A play that could have been even more dangerous if Shimaya had assisted Watari, free of mark in the box. It was the only great offensive play by the locals. The last play of the match would be for Machida, the best man of JEF United in this game, who after a great move shot on goal but the ball went out very close to the goal of Tokushima Vortis.
The 0-1 defeat leaves the men of Ricardo Rodríguez with 43 points, far from direct promotion positions. The definitive objective, in this regard, will be to fight to access the play-off positions. The next match has the opportunity to open the gap to one of its direct rivals, Yokama, now sixth with 41 points.