September 22, 2018
Tokushima Vortis visited one of the teams in direct promotion spots with the aim to continue adding in their escalation towards the playoffs. A match that was also going to measure the strength of the team. Tokushima Vortis came out reinforced with a great tie in a match of vibrant pace, with two teams of great quality in the offensive zone. Ricardo Rodríguez bet again to play with David Barral and Utaka together. This time it was the African player who scored for the Blues.
Machida Zelvia had the first chance of the match in a hand to hand saved by Kajikawa, who starred again with a great game. Tokushima Vortis responded with a quick counterattack in which Utaka’s shot went over the local goal. Tokushima Vortis continued to approach from the right side, where Omotehara was electric. A crossing by him caused another great chance for Tokushima Vortis, that did not end in goal due to the rapid reaction of the local defense. Machida Zelvia took the lead on the last play of the first half with Nakamura’s goal, in a spectacular shot from outside the box against which Kajikawa could not do anything.
He did avoid the goal in the first moments of the second half, in a clear header that found the quick response of the goalkeeper of Tokushima Vortis. This action gave life to the Blues, even more with the goal of Utaka in the 70th minute. Tokushima Vortis varied the way to reach the goal using a more direct way. David Barral touched the ball with the head for Utaka, who scored with great quality.
A goal that was worth the draw in the stadium of one of the leaders, where not many teams will be able to get points. Tokushima Vortis now has 54 points and is placed in eighth position, three points behind the play-off spots. Next match is a home game against Ventforet Kofu, a team that is already very close to its goal of remaining in the Japan League 2.