September 01, 2018
Tokushima Vortis closes the gap with the play-off spots to only four points. They achieve it after beating Kamatamare Sanuki in a match where Ricardo Rodríguez’s men showed all the skills that have led them to a spectacular comeback in the Japan League 2. Football and goals against a rival surrendered to Tokushima Vortis, now in a boiling point to fight for the promotion.
Ricardo Rodríguez again changed the scheme, betting on his classic 3-5-1-1, with David Barral as forward. More players in midfield to consolidate the positional gameplay. The 0-1 came after only fifteen minutes, in a play from the right side by Hirose. His crossing to the box was poorly cleared by the local defence, turning the error into an assist for David Barral, who did not fail in his duty. The Spanish striker was again decisive. Just three minutes later, Tokushima Vortis drew the same play, with another breakthrough from the right side of Hirose. This time David Barral let the ball go through so that Maekawa received in a better position. The footballer of Tokushima Vortis controlled the ball and scored the 0-2 with a great shot from outside the box. The match, in just twenty minutes, was already decided in favour of the Blues. In the first half, all the danger of Tokushima Vortis came from the side of Horise, very active in that area.
The easiness of the match led Ricardo Rodríguez to give some rest to some of the important players. David Barral was substituted in the 56th minute by Utaka. The African player was also protagonist, scoring the 0-3 in the 90th minute of the game after a counterattack. Utaka shifted gear to face the goal of Kamatamare Sanuki and score with a perfect touch. Konishi completed the score in the 94th minute with a great definition inside the box.
Tokushima Vortis, in matchday 31, takes a new path in Japan League 2 in order to achieve the goal of promoting to the Japan League 1. The distance with the top teams could be reduced to almost nothing after the next match if they win in a home game against Tochigi.