July 21, 2018
Tokushima Vortis reopens the options of reaching the promotion play-off spots after winning the match against Omiya Ardija, a rival who also aspires to the same goal. A triumph with two great protagonists in the blues: Peter Utaka, who made his first appearance as a forward in the Japan League 2, and Iwao, scorer and assistant.
Tokushima Vortis and Omiya Ardija staged a first stretch of the game marked by equality. The hostilities began half hour into the match, with a shot to the post by the visitors after a ball loss in midfield of Tokushima Vortis. The Blues answered with a vertical attack: crossing from the left side by Shimaya, Utaka’s oriented control and Maekawa’s shot deflected by Omiya Ardija’s goalkeeper. Utaka returned to star in the last dangerous play for Tokushima Vortis before the break. A good counterattack led by Iwao that ended with a shot by the African striker stopped by Omiya Ardija’s defence when it was on its way on goal.
In the second half, the scoreboard finally moved. Tokushima Vortis hit first, thanks to another great play from Iwao, axis of all Blue’s offensive plays. The captain took the ball to the opposite box to put a through pass to Maekawa, who stroke to make the 1-0 for Tokushima Vortis. However, the advantage was short-lived. Following an attack by Tokushima Vortis, Omiya Ardija signed a deadly counterattack in only two touches. Far from the elaborated gameplay of Tokushima Vortis, the visitors tied with a long kick by the goalkeeper, transition by one of their midfielders, who placed an impossible pass to Omae to make the 1-1 with a first touch volley. Despite the goal, Tokushima Vortis got back up thanks to Utaka. The African showed his strength and verticality in the victory goal, in the 65th minute. He followed the play to midfield to recover the ball and break through from there to the rival’s goal. In the last few meters, he had the quality to stop and assist Iwao. The midfielder of Tokushima Vortis masterfully solved with a dribble inside the box to free himself from the defender and kicked with his right leg to the opposite angle. The goal culminated the great game of the captain of Tokushima Vortis.
Omiya Ardija tried to find the goal of the tie, but Ricardo Rodríguez men closed their goal to sign a key victory that opens again the hopes for the play-off, now nine points away from Avispa Fukuoka, sixth in the table. At the top, Matsumoto Yamaga is the leader with 44 points.