September 10, 2017
Tokushima Vortis reduced its options to play the promotion play-offs to the Japan League 1 after the defeat against V-Varen Nagasaki by 2-1 on the last machtday. An unfair score for the men of Ricardo Rodríguez who, for the first time in many matches, exit the play-off spots. Tokushima Vortis is now in seventh place with 51 points, one behind Yokohama FC, sixth, with 52. Meanwhile, V-Varen Nagasaki goes up to third place with 56 points. The outstanding leader remains Shonan Bellmare with 67 points.
It was a match full of clear chances on goal for both teams, where the attacks imposed over the defences. The first opportunity was for V-Varen Nagasaki with a shot from outside the box cleared perfectly by Hasegawa. Tokushima Vortis responded with a header from Watari that went out very close to the local goal. The 0-0 remained throughout the first half, marked by the equality between both teams.
The 1-0 went up after a penalty committed by Leo Osaki, defender of Tokushima Vortis, in the 56th minute. Kono, with a right foot shot, did not miss the chance to make the first goal of the match. The second goal of V-Varen Nagasaki came only four minutes later in a play that started on the left side. The cross to the box by Sawada was headed by Iio, finding a spectacular response from Hasegawa. However, the local goalkeeper and defence could not avoid the goal in the deflection that Onaga sent into the net coming from second line to make the distance bigger in the scoreboard. The score, however, did not collapse the players of Ricardo Rodriguez, who put into play Sato, another forward in order to try to, at least, rescue a point. Sugimoto, who entered during the second half, could shorten the distance in the scoreboard with a volley that went slightly out over the goal of V-Varen Nagasaki. The goal came in the next dangerous play (minute 85), in a corner-kick taken by Osaki and shot on goal by Yamasaki. The Tokushima Vortis forward, anticipating to the local defence, headed in the near post. There was still time to tie the match, and Tokushima Vortis came close in the last play with a header from Sugimoto that hit the post. A goal that would undoubtedly have changed the landscape for the men of Ricardo Rodriguez in the remaining matchdays.