November 11, 2017
There are goals worth an entire season. Such as Watari’s against Oita Trinita in the 89th minute of the match. A goal that allows Tokushima Vortis to reach the ’final’ against Tokyo Verdy depending on themselves. Both teams have 67 points, but Tokushima Vortis is fifth, ahead of the team led by the Spanish coach Miguel Angel Lotina due to the goal average. However, the draw may not be enough for Tokushima Vortis because Matsumoto Yamaga, seventh in the standings, has 66 points and JEF United Chiba, eighth, 65. Therefore, the objective is clear: to win and not think on other scores.
The match against Oita Trinita was not one of the best from the Blues. A game characterized by the tremendous wind that hit the stadium of Tokushima Vortis. Oita Trinita, who still had some chances of getting to the play-off, pushed for the win from the beginning. That led them to control the game and the goal chances. The first one for the visitors was for Mitsuhira, with a shot that went out close to the local goal. Oto hit the post shortly after. Luck, elusive on previous occasions, was on the side of Ricardo Rodríguez’s team this time.
The first chance for Tokushima Vortis did not come until the second half. Maekawa, after a deflection from the goalkeeper of Oita Trinita, shot over the goal. The response from the visitors came with two long-distance shots that were close to end up inside the goal. In the first one, Hasegawa cleared. In the second, the crossbar saved the 0-1. And from the potential 0-1 to the 1-0 for Tokushima Vortis in the final straight. Shimaya found a gap in Oita Trinita’s defence to put the ball on the head of Watari, who scored with a spectacular header. A goal that can lead Tokushima Vortis to the play-offs to the Japan League 1.
A dream that V-Varen Nagasaki has already achieved with the direct promotion after winning this weekend. Avispa Fukuoka and Nagoya Grampus, meanwhile, have already secured their place for the play-offs.