March 17, 2018
Definitely, Tokushima Vortis takes off. The Blues beat JEF United, in a duel where Ricardo Rodriguez faced again Juan Eduardo Esnáider. Precisely it was JEF United the team that took from Tokushima Vortis the last play-off spot in the last matchday the previous season.
Ricardo Rodriguez bet again on the same starting eleven that conquered the three points in the previous matchday, with Shimaya, Goya and Sugimoto in attack. The three players consolidate in the team thanks to their verticality and goal. The three scored in the victory against JEF United. Goya was the one who opened the score in the 15th minute with a penalty kick. A play in which the defender of JEF United Mizobuchi was sent off. Despite playing with one player less, Esnáider’s team kept fighting for the match and found the equalizer half hour into the match with a goal from Ibukusi. The tie made Tokushima Vortis react, who responded with two plays that came close to goal. The visiting team also had a chance with a crossing from the right wing that did not find a finisher. Yet it was Sugimoto who scored the goal that decided the game just before the break, in a great personal action after a breakthrough in left wing finished with a great shot with his right foot.
With 2-1 in the scoreboard and one more man, Tokushima Vortis knew how to manage the game in the second half, finding two more goals. The first of them by the Spaniard Sisi, in the 74th minute, who scores his first goal with Tokushima Vortis. The last goal came close to the end of the game, in the 89th minute. Shimaya found a gap in the visiting team’s defense and scored with a powerful shot inside the box.
The victory places Tokushima Vortis with six points and climbs up to the ninth position. In the top, the leader is Mito Hollyhock, with ten points in four games. Tokushima Vortis visits Ventforet Kofu next Wednesday with the aim of keep adding points three by three.