September 16, 2017
Spectacular game by two aspirants to the promotion play-offs to Japan League 1. Undoubtedly one of the best of the season, with all the ingredients: goals, chances and continuous alternatives in the scoreboard.
Tokushima Vortis came back again in a match that complicated seriously after only twenty minutes of play. Fagiano Okayama took the lead in the 14th minute with a great goal from outside the box by Sawaguchi. An unstoppable shot that was impossible for Hasegawa. Yet it was not the only great goal by Fagiano Okayama. Only five minutes after the protagonist was Akamine, who placed the ball in the goal of the Tokushima Vortis to place the 0-2 in the scoreboard. Critical situation for the men of Ricardo Rodriguez, who arrived to this match coming from a bad series of results in the last matches. Yet Tokushima Vortis never gives up. Iwao reduced distances in the 34th minute with a penalty kick, in a foul inside the box after a corner-kick. A goal that changed the landscape of the match. Shimaya tied the match just before halftime (min. 45) with a header inside the box after an assist by Mawatari from the left. In only 10 minutes Tokushima Vortis was able to level a match that looked impossible short before.
With that momentum, Tokushima Vortis took the lead in the 62nd minute with a great goal from Yamasaki. The Japanese striker executed from outside the box to place the ball close to the corner of the goal with his left foot, impossible for the goalkeeper of Fagiano Okayama. Ricardo. Rodríguez’s men had materialized the comeback, but, as it has happened in previous occasions, they could not close the match. The visitors found the equalizer in the 84th minute, in an action where Akanime controlled the ball inside the box and Sekido executed a volley with his right leg to make the definitive 3-3.
The draw keeps Tokushima Vortis in seventh place with 52 points, just one behind of Nagoya Grampus, who closes the play-offs spots. The next matchday Tokushima Vortis plays again a home game, this time against Machida Zelvia.