October 28, 2017
Unexpected home defeat and play-off options that get more complicated. Tokushima Vortis falls to the seventh place, with 61 points, three behind Tokyo Verdy, that this matchday did not miss and stands with 64 points.
It was a strange game for Tokushima Vortis, which, contrary to what has been happening during the season, started winning the match. The first half hour of the game was very close, with both teams measuring their strengths. Tokushima Vortis opened the scoreboard in the 33rd minute, with an Uchida assist that ended in goal. The wing of Tokushima Vortis crossed to Yamasaki, who could not reach it, but was enough to confuse the goalkeeper of Mito Hollyhock, who could not do anything to stop the goal. However, the advantage did not give tranquility to the men of Ricardo Rodriguez. Far from that, they left spaces for Mito Hollyhock, who tied the game before halftime. Hashimoto, free from mark in the edge of the box of Tokushima Vortis, tied the game with a good shot. A hard blow just before the break.
Mito Hollyhock hit again in the 72nd minute of the game, again in a corner-kick. Fukui shot first to the post and in the deflection Hayashi was the fastest of all to send the ball into the net of the goal of Tokushima Vortis. It was time for the epic if Tokushima Vortis wanted to get something positive out of the game. Yet the goal came again in favor of Mito Hollyhock in the 85th minute of the match. Tomaya scored free of mark in the far post to make the 1-3 after a great Hasegawa save. The distance in the scoreboard, with so little time ahead, was insurmountable. At least there was time to see a great goal from Shimaya in the 91st minute of the match.
With this result, maths are clear for Tokushima Vortis in the last three matches. They have to win against Ehime and Oita Trinita in order to face a true final in the last league game against Tokyo Verdy, right now the great rival in the fight for the play-offs. Meanwhile, at the top, Shonan Bellmare won the Japan League 2 title after a home draw against Fagiano Okayama. V-Varen Nagasaki (71 points), Nagoya Grampus (69) and Avispa Fukuoka (69) will fight in the final games for the other direct promotion spot to the Japan League 1.