April 01, 2018
Painful defeat against Tokyo Verdy in the duel of Spanish coaches in the Japan League 2. Ricardo Rodriguez faced Miguel Angel Lotina, reviving the nice fight at the end of last season to promote to Japan League 1.
The victory of Tokyo Verdy at Tokushima Vortis’ home was undisputed, decided however by two early goals that impacted the rest of the match. Tokyo Verdy scored in their first chance, in the 3rd minute, by Alan Pinheiro. The Brazilian striker controlled inside the box and converted with a brilliant execution. A blow that was even harder only seven minutes later, with a new goal from Tokyo Verdy. This time it was Watanabe, who broke through without mark in the right wing to score against Carvajal, goalkeeper of Tokushima Vortis. Despite the 0-2 in the scoreboard, Tokushima Vortis, as always, kept competing. Shimaya, with a great shot from outside the box, could score fifteen minutes into the game, but his shot went out very close to the goal of Tokyo Verdy.
It was necessary to wait until the second half, in the 56th minute, to see a new approach on goal by the men of Ricardo Rodríguez. Yamasaki finished off inside the box, but his shot was cleared with a great save by Kamifukumoto. The locals were pressing hard on Tokyo Verdy’s goal in search of the 1-2, but a loss in midfield facilitated the counterattack by the team of Miguel Ángel Lotina to close the match with the 0-3 by Douglas Vieira in the 59th minute. The visiting midfielder came from the second line to take advantage of the good assist by the right winger. A scenario that turned much more complicated for the locals with two red cards in only six minutes, between the 73rd and 79th minutes: Bueno and Sisi; both due to a second yellow card. The final 0-4 for Tokyo Verdy came again from Douglas Vieira after another counterattack.
After this defeat Tokushima Vortis is now in 12th position in the table, three points behind Roasso Kumamoto, the team that closes the play-off spots with twelve points. Fagiano Okayama remains leader with 16 points in seven games.