October 16, 2018
The Japan League 2 is an unpredictable competition, with great equality among all rivals regardless of the position they occupy in the standings. Anything can happen in every game. And more important are the dynamics. This is what is happening to Tokushima Vortis in recent games. The men of Ricardo Rodriguez have gone from scoring many goals to lacking accuracy on goal in the last two matches. The reason is not in a gameplay collapse, but rather in the lack of aim.
The match started with great mobility by Tokushima Vortis, pushing their game into the goal of Ventforet Kofu. Utaka scored in the fifth minute of the game, but the goal was disallowed due to an offside. The first half was a continuous box to box of both teams, generating continuous goal chances. Diego, forward of Ventforet Kofu, was the most dangerous player of the match with his breakthroughs. The visitors continued adding clear chances on goal until the end of the first half.
In the second half, the pace of the match decreased. The accumulation of games this week was felt in the legs of Tokushima Vortis’ players, less active and less able to develop their gameplay. Ventforet Kofu, meanwhile, kept generating clear chances in every attempt. Despite the visitors’ control of the game, Utaka had the chance to give the victory to Tokushima Vortis with a header, but it was saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper. A pity, even more after the goal of Ventforet Kofu in the 90th minute of the match. A ball loss in the middle of the field gave way to Ventforet Kofu’s last attack where Michibuchi scored with a spectacular long-range shot that Kajikawa could not stop.
The defeat moves away the play-off spots to nine points. A considerable distance with only five matchdays to go, but the Blues (54 points) will fight until the end. In order to continue dreaming it is necessary to recover the goal against Tokyo Verdy, a team that occupies the seventh place with 63 points. It may be the last chance to continue believing in the play-offs.