October 22, 2017
One point to continue hooked to the sixth place. This is what Tokushima Vortis got in their visit to Roasso Kumamoto, a team that fights for salvation in the Japan League 2. Different goals, but equally important, in this end of the season.
The locals struck first, scoring in the 11th minute of the game. A counterattack in the left wing was finished inside the box by Shimada. Tokushima Vortis, once again, had to comeback in the scoreboard. Ricardo Rodriguez’s team had the first chance on goal after a crossing from the right side of Sugimoto, one of the most outstanding players. It was the only highlight of Tokushima Vortis during the first half, stopped in their game by the defensive scheme of Roasso Kumamato.
The dynamics were totally different in the second half, when Tokushima Vortis put more speed in their collective game, thus arriving the goal opportunities. In the first one, Mawatari tied the game with a spectacular goal; it was minute 54. The right wing dribbled his mark putting the ball between the legs and with his right foot placed the ball in the top corner of the goal of Roasso Kumamoto. There was more than half an hour left, and the players of Ricardo Rodriguez sought the victory without stop. Mawatari could place the 1-2, but his shot went slightly out. Sugimoto also tried from outside the box, but his shot was cleared by the local goalkeeper. Roasso Kumamoto only had a response with a timid approach on goal. In the end, the scoreboard did not move, leaving Tokushima Vortis with the perception of having deserved much more.
The tie leaves Tokushima Vortis with 61 points, the same as Matsumoto Yamaga and only one more than Oita Trinita. Next matchday is a home game against Mito Hollyhock, a match that can serve to widen the gap with the pursuers for the play-off spots. Meanwhile, in the top, Shonan Bellmare has virtually achieved the promotion to the Japan League 1 with the current 12 points distance with Avispa Fukuoka, second in the standings and tied in points with V-Varen Nagasaki (68).