September 08, 2018
Fifteen goals in the last five matches. Tokushima Vortis has become a scoring machine since the arrival of David Barral to the team. The Spanish striker scored again, twice, in the comfortable win against Tochigi. Like it has been happening in recent matches, Peter Utaka also claimed his role with two other goals. Both players form the best attack of the Japan League 2 in this second stage of the season. Two players who have changed the face of Tokushima Vortis, currently with 50 points and only two points behind the sixth place, in the hands of Avispa Fukuoka, but still with two games to play. The numbers and the dynamics of the team indicate that the dream of the Japan League 1 is possible, even more if the men of Ricardo Rodríguez are able to maintain their goal rate, key to achieve the objective.
Tokushima Vortis decided the game against Tochigi quite quickly. In the midst of a huge rainfall, the offensive gameplay of the Blues smashed their rival. Utaka, with a strong shot inside the box, put the local team in advantage in the 7th minute. David Barral’s turn would come right after. He made the 2-0 with a spectacular header to corner-kick in the 11th minute and the 3-0 with a penalty-kick in the 33rd minute. The match was resolved in only half an hour.
Tochigi reignited the game in the second half thanks to Hayama’s goal in a free-kick in the 66th minute. However, it was an illusion. Tokushima Vortis recovered the control of the ball and Utaka hit again with a breakthrough full of power to finish with quality against the rival goalkeeper and seal the final triumph in the 85th minute. The competition enters now its final stretch, with only ten matchdays to go. The next matchday awaits Gifu at home, a fortress for Tokushima Vortis for several months.