March 04, 2018
Second defeat of Tokushima Vortis in a season that has not started as expected. Ricardo Rodríguez introduced some changes in the lineup in respect of the first date, and it paid off in the first half, when Tokushima Vortis was far superior to their rival. The 0-1 did not wait. After a great collective play, Shimaya stopped the ball inside the box and kicked the ball with a volley to put the visiting team ahead in the scoreboard. Roasso Kumamoto had no reaction until halfway through the first half. In the first dangerous attempt on goal, Izutsi committed a penalty foul over the rival striker. Yet there emerged the figure of Carvajal. The goalkeeper of Tokushima Vortis, with a great save, stopped the shot of Byong Jun. Following the shock after the penalty, Tokushima Vortis regained their game and the best chances on goal. Shimaya, in a counterattack by the Blues, could have killed the game in the 35th minute, but his shot inside the box went out very close to the goal of Roasso Kumamoto.
The second half started in the same way as the first one, with an absolute control by the men of Ricardo Rodríguez. Tokushima Vortis could have scored the second goal, but Maekawa’s shot went slightly off target. Missing so many chances gave air to the locals, who began to gain control in the game. Tanaka tied the game in the 63rd minute with a header inside the box after a breakthrough from Kuroki in left wing, who dribbled with ease his marker and placed a splendid crossing to the heart of the box. In the final stretch of the game, in the 83rd minute, the great problem of the men of Ricardo Rodríguez reappeared, the set pieces actions. Roasso Kumamoto scored the final 2-1 in a corner kick that Suzuki sent to the net after the deflection of Carvajal. Although there was very little time left, Tokushima Vortis had the equalizer in the last minute with a header from Goya inside the box that was cleared by the local goalkeeper.
The second defeat of the season leaves Tokushima Vortis in the 19th place of the table and the need to add in the next away match against Omiya Ardija. Meanwhile, Renofa Yamaguchi, with two victories in two games, remains leader of the Japan League 2.