May 03, 2018
Tokushima Vortis brought to an end the bad run of results that already extended to four games without winning (two losses and two draws). A blip overcome with the great victory against Ehime where the Blues, this time, had accuracy on goal. This was the big difference as compared to previous matches, while the level of gameplay remained at the same level. A victory that, in addition, makes Tokushima Vortis climb in the table and close a bit the gap with the play-off spots. It is only five points away from Machida Zelvia, sixth in the standings.
Ricardo Rodríguez opted for some changes in the starting lineup, especially in the offensive part, with the entry of Sato and Maekawa, one of the great protagonists of the game. He was in charge of opening the scoreboard for Tokushima Vortis in the 21st minute of the match. Sugimoto broke through in left wing to put a crossing to the box, where he found a spectacular header from Maekawa. A goal that was greatly celebrated by the players of the blue team, who took a great weight from their shoulders after several days denied on goal. Tokushima Vortis thus faced an almost unprecedented situation this season: having to manage an advantage. A situation that was resolved favorably, with a more controlled gameplay than in previous matches. Ehime was unable to generate a single dangerous chance on goal after the 1-0.
Yet Tokushima Vortis did it in the 70th minute. A recovery in midfield enabled a counterattack that ended with a clear penalty foul by the goalkeeper of Ehime on Kano. Kano himself was in charge of executing the penalty kick to make the 2-0. A definite advantage for the Blues, who had absolutely no problem maintaining the score. Mito Hollyhock awaits in the next matchday, an away match against a team very close to Tokushima Vortis in the table of Japan League 2.