November 05, 2017
Perfect day for Tokushima Vortis, who not only regained their best level of play in the victory against Ehime. They also recovered the sixth place that gives direct access to the play-offs for the promotion to Japan League 1. The men of Ricardo Rodríguez showed nerves of steel in the first final that they had to face in the final stretch of the season.
Against the pressure, football. A spectacular show-off in the first minutes of the game. Tokushima Vortis showed again their collective style of play. A philosophy that paid off in the 19th minute of the game, with Watari’s goal after a great play in which almost all the players of Tokushima participated. Inside the box, Yamasaki served an assist for Watari to make the 0-1 in the scoreboard, his 21st goal in the League, three behind top scorer Ibba (forward of Yokohama FC). The advantage did not stop the desire of the visitors, who continued looking for the local goal. Uchida came close to extending the lead in the 22nd minute after a spectacular counterattack, finalized with a shot with his left foot well cleared by Ehime’s goalkeeper, Seong Su. The first half, despite Tokushima Vortis’ control, finished without more goals.
This changed in the second half in the 50th minute, with Yamasaki. The striker picked up a ball in midfield to break through straight to the goal. A slalom that ended up with the ball inside the net after a shot with his left foot. A great goal to kill the game. The locals could only respond with a shot that went over the crossbar of Hasegawa’s goal. Tokushima Vortis stroke again in the 75th minute, in another great collective action. This time it was Watari who assisted to Sugimoto, who appeared from the second line to make the goal. Only the relaxation of Tokushima Vortis gave some chance to Ehime, who made their goal in the 80th minute of the game after a play full of deflections that ended with the goal of their striker, Arita. There was no more to tell in a comfortable match for the men of Ricardo Rodríguez, who add 64 points after this win. Same points as their top rival, Tokyo Verdy, who has best goal average.
Next week there is another final against Oita Trinita, a team that with 61 points still has aspirations to reach the sixth place. A match in which victory is the only option to reach the last matchday against Tokyo Verdy with chances.