August 25, 2018
Resist to win. Tokushima Vortis has been acquiring different skills throughout the season in order to win their matches. One of the last ones has been to develop an enormous capacity to resist in the face of adversity. This happened in the last match against Oita Trinita, where they took a golden victory after suffering throughout the game against a great rival. Oita Trinita had more chances and more gameplay than Tokushima Vortis, the Blues paid the tiredness of playing three games in a week, but they did not lose the necessary accuracy on goal to win the game. The men of Ricardo Rodríguez had it. The three points (for a total of 44) place Tokushima Vortis very close to the play-off positions.
The Spanish coach bet on attack with Utaka and David Barral, two strikers that until now had only coincided together from the bench. Behind them, captain Iwao and Konishi, one of the novelties of the starting line-up and, ultimately, decisive for Tokushima Vortis’ interests. Also decisive was Kajikawa with his saves. Some of them spectacular, like the one in minute 16, when he saved a one-to-one against the Oita Trinita striker. In the first half, all the dangerous plays came from the local side, always stopped by the goalkeeper of Tokushima Vortis. In attack, meanwhile, the Utaka-David Barral connection did not pay off. Tokushima Vortis went to the break without performing any dangerous action on the rival goal.
The script was the same in the second half: Kajikawa saved all the shots on goal by Oita Tarinita, who ended up frustrated by the great performance of the Tokushima Vortis goalkeeper. The best save of the goalkeeper of the Blues came in minute 68, saving under the goal a header from the forward of Oita Trinita. An exercise of faith that got the big reward in the 80th minute with Konishi’s goal. It came after one of the few combinations that Tokushima Vortis could generate in attack. The footballer of Tokushuma Vortis, after a through pass from Omotehara, finished off with his left leg. A goal that was celebrated with great joy by a team that continues to dream with the Japan League 1. After a very tough and decisive week (settled with two wins and one loss), the next matchday awaits Kamatamare Sanuki.