July 15, 2018
There is no possible explanation for the defeat of Tokushima Vortis against Ehime. It could only be found in the tremendous equality of the Japan League 2, where any team, regardless of the position it occupies in the table can beat anyone. Without forgetting, of course, the performance of Ehime’s goalkeeper, Okamoto, tremendously successful in all the offensive actions of Tokushima Vortis.
There were many chances of goal for Tokushima Vortis, of all kind and with different protagonists. First it was Hirose with a header inside the box that went into the hands of Okamoto. Tokushima Vortis came close again to the goal fifteen minutes into the game with a good crossed shot from Shimaya that did not find the goal. The visiting team dominated all facets of the game, with Shimaya and Daniel Bueno in the lead. Unstoppable for the defense of Ehime, overwhelmed. The locals only gave signs of life after half hour with a shot from outside the box without any danger. Despite the opportunities and the dominance, the men of Ricardo Rodriguez left without any reward to the halftime.
In the second half, Tokushima Vortis redoubled the bet in search of the goal. That caused to leave spaces behind the defense, a scenario that Ehime tried to take advantage from in a counterattack. It was deactivated by Kajikawa, in his only intervention in the match. After this chance, Ricardo Rodríguez’s team pushed back on the rival goal, playing in the wings to create opportunities on goal. Shimaya and Bueno took control of the game, forming a couple destined to give very good news to Tokushima Vortis. Although not against the goalkeeper of Ehime, who first cleared a spectacular header from Daniel Bueno and minutes after a hand to hand against Shimaya, who had received the assistance from the Brazilian. Frustration for Tokushima Vortis that would increase in the last minute of the match, when Arita caught a shot with his right leg from outside the box to make the goal of Ehime’s victory. Maximum effectiveness for the local team.
Tokushima Vortis has to think in the next game against Omiya Ardija, sixth in the Japan League 2 and the last team that marks the play-off spots with 38 points. Winning is decisive in order to continue dreaming about the promotion. At the top, everything is tightened more and more. There are three teams (Matsumoto Yamaga, Renofa Yamaguchi and Oita Trinita) who lead the Japan League 2 with 40 points. A reflection of the equality that prevails in the competition.