February 24, 2018
Tokushima Vortis could not start the season with a home win. A team with several new faces that appeared before their fans with the illusion of being able to add the three points. What has not changed compared to last season is the philosophy of Ricardo Rodríguez, with a clear offensive vocation at all times.
The first big chance of the game was for Fagiano Okayama, with a shot from its midfielder Mukuhara who went out very close to the goal of Tokushima Vortis. It was a warning of what would happen in minute 27, in which the visitors took the lead on the scoreboard. Tokushima Vortis had a lot of problems last season to defend the set pieces inside the box. An inconvenience that cost many points to the team of Ricardo Rodríguez. In this new season, and almost in the first play of this kind, Fagiano Okayama scored. Tsukagama, Fagiano Okayama’s midfielder, finished free of the mark to put the 0-1 on the scoreboard. Also it was a constant of Tokushima Vortis last year not to surrender to adversity. After the goal from the visiting team, the locals began to find their football, almost always from the wings. Uchida broke through in the left to find Sugimoto’s shot that went over the crossbar. However, the first half closed with an excellent opportunity for Fagiano Okayama, who crashed the ball on the crossbar after a defensive error by Ricardo Rodríguez’s men.
In the second half, the control of Tokushima Vortis was absolute, accumulating chances. First with a shot from outside the box that found the good save of the visiting goalkeeper. In the 70th minute, Goya came close, but his shot went slightly out over the crossbar. The opportunities were not converted in goals. In the 78th minute, Nakama was sent off for the visiting team for an attack on Maekawa. By then, the match was already a blue avalanche over the rival goal. Goya had two great opportunities to tie the game in the final stretch, but his headers did not find the desired direction. Tokushima Vortis could not add in the first matchday, yet the vibrations for the future are good. The team, above all, keeps its game identity.
As for the rest of matches, the first leader of the season is Renofa Yamaguchi, who won 4-1 against Roasso Kumamoto.