June 02, 2018
Tokushima Vortis could not get a positive result in their visit to Avispa Fukuoka, one of the candidates to promote to the Japan League 1. Against a rival of such hierarchy, Ricardo Rodriguez decided to strengthen the midfield with a scheme 1-3-5-2.
The match started with a very high pace, with Avispa Fukuoka trying to reach the goal of Tokushima Vortis with great speed. The locals were protagonist of the first two chances on goal, although none of them truly dangerous. Tokushima Vortis did have a clear chance to score half-hour into the match, with a header from inside the box of Yamasaki that did not find the desired destination due to the opposition of a rival. The first half ended even both in forces on the pitch and in the scoreboard.
Tokushima Vortis was the protagonist in the first minutes of the second half, dominating ball possession. In a collective play the men of Ricardo Rodríguez had the best chance of the game. The ball went through almost all the players of Tokushima Vortis to finish with a shot from outside the box by Maekawa that did not end in a goal due to the spectacular save of Avispa Fukuoka’s goalkeeper. The locals responded with another great play ended with a shot from Dudu. It was the warning of what was about to come in the 57th minute, when the Brazilian player put his team in advantage in the scoreboard with a ’missile’ from outside the box. Kajikawa could not do anything to stop one of the best goals of the season. Despite the blow, Tokushima Vortis continued playing their football, generating all danger from the wings. They could tie the game in a corner kick with a shot from Osaki that went directly on goal, but the local defense cleared the ball. The visiting team kept trying until the end, until the last second, where they even hit the crossbar, but there were no more goals in the game.
The defeat makes Tokushima Vortis remain with 22 points (eleventh position in the table), a bit more far from the play-off spots, now six points ahead. Despite this fact, the vibrations left by the team in the last two matchdays against rivals from the top of the table are very good. It is now time to recover to face a week with the Emperor’s Cup and a key match against Machida Zelvia in the next matchday.