July 25, 2018
Peter Utaka was the great protagonist with two goals in the victory of Tokushima Vortis against Avispa Fukuoka, direct rival in the fight for the play-off. The striker of African origin but Belgian national has given the Blues what they have been missing since the beginning of the season: goal. A forward who also adds power and defensive work.
Utaka did not miss in the first chance he had half hour into the game. Maekawa assisted to leave him hand to hand against the goalkeeper of Avispa Fukuoka. Utaka, with a first touch, crossed the ball to place the 1-0 in the scoreboard. However, the advantage was short for Tokushima Vortis. Avispa Fukuoka warned first with a long-distance shot saved by Kajikawa, but did not miss in their second consecutive attack, after a ball recovery in the defensive zone of Tokushima Vortis. Jogo, forward of Avispa Fukuoka, leveled the score with a great shot from outside the box against which Kajikawa could do nothing.
It was time to reactivate energies and start again for Tokushima Vortis, who took the lead again in the first dangerous play of the second half. Maekawa, playing at a high level in the past matchdays, broke through into the box of Avispa Fukuoka where he was stopped in foul. The referee did not hesitate and called the penalty. A penalty-kick that was converted by Iwao in minute 47. Utaka closed the match only one minute after, in a show of all his potential. He received a deflection in midfield to start from there, dribbled the goalkeeper of Avispa Fukuoka and made the 3-1. A goal celebrated effusively with Ricardo Rodríguez, who finally has his striker to aspire to the promotion to the Japan League 1.
Tokushima Vortis climbs to the twelfth position in the standings, only six points from the sixth place, which remains in the hands of Avispa Fukuoka with 40 points, although with one game less. Tokushima Vortis hopes to close a week of full victories against Fagiano Okayama on Sunday.