October 07, 2018
Tokushima Vortis will have to get up after losing a home game against Zweigen Kanazawa. Perhaps one of the reasons of the defeat could be the break that Tokushima Vortis suffered after the previous Japan League 2 match had to be postponed.
Ricardo Rodriguez recovered his classic tactical scheme, with five players in midfield to have the control of the game. The idea worked in the first minutes. David Barral, with a great header, was close to the 1-0 after only five minutes. However, Zweigen Kanazawa goalkeeper’s reaction prevented the goal. The visitors also had a dangerous chance after a quarter of an hour, with a shot to the post. The first half was very even, but in the last play of the first half Zweigen Kanazawa scored after a perfect counterattack. Sugiura found the reward with a strong shot from outside the box that was impossible for Kajikawa.
The goal forced Ricardo Rodríguez to change the plans, who tried to find a reaction with the entry of Utaka and Sugimoto. The game of the Blues was reactivated, with greater pace than in the first half. As a consequence of this, the locals could have scored the tie in minute 55. A pass into the heart of the box that could not find a striker. With the locals pressing hard for the tie, Zweigen Kanazawa gave the final blow in the 85th match through Kaneko. The 0-3 came in the 94th minute, in a corner-kick that Shoji finished on goal.
The defeat leaves Tokushima Vortis in the eighth position of the Japan League 2 with 54 points, six behind the playoff spots, although with one game less than Omiya Ardija, Tokyo Verdy and Yokohama, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Kyoto Sanga awaits in the next matchday.