September 02, 2017
Tokushima Vortis faced a key match to eliminate a rival in the fight to secure the play-offs, but could not leave them out of the fight for the promotion to Japan League 1 after losing 3-1 in a match that Tokushima Vortis began on the lead. The defeat leaves the team led by Ricardo Rodríguez fifth in the table with 51 points, only two ahead of Matsumoto Yamaga, seventh, marking the frontier of the play-off spots. In between, sixth, is Tokyo Verdy with 50 points.
The match reflected the importance of what both teams are playing for at this point in the season. Matsumoto Yamaga had the first chance of the match with a shot that went over the goal defended by Hasegawa. Tokushima Vortis responded with a great goal from Yamasaki in the 16th minute. Tokushima Vortis’ forward controlled the ball in the edge of the box to score with a volley with his left foot. It was Tokushima Vortis’ offensive spirit what led Matsumoto Yamaga to the equalizer in the 40th minute. The local team took advantage of a well-drawn counter-attack to tie the match with a shot of Kudo from outside the box. The forward placed the ball close to the post of Hasegawa’s goal, who could not do anything to clear the ball. The goal affected the men of Ricardo Rodriguez, who conceded a new goal before the break. It was Kudo again, this time arriving from second line and finishing inside the box with his right foot.
In the second half Tokushima Vortis tried to react with the entry of Osaki, key player in the last matches for Tokushima Vortis. However, the substitution did not work. The local team extended the advantage with Kudo again as the protagonist. Matsumoto Yamaga’s striker assisted Takasaki to close the match in the 71st minute. It was the final blow for Tokushima Vortis, who will now have to think in the next match against V-Varen Nagasaki.