October 21, 2018
Tokushima Vortis almost says goodbye completely to their play-off aspirations this season after losing against Tokyo Verdy. With only four games to go in the Japan League 2, the distance with the sixth team in the standings, Omiya Ardija (64 points), is ten points. The month of October has taken away all the dreams of the men of Ricardo Rodríguez with four consecutive defeats.
The match against Tokyo Verdy was a final for Tokushima Vortis, where no error was allowed. However, the 1-0 for the locals came in the fifth minute of the game after a defensive error. Sisi, a player who never misses, risked a pass back that was recovered by Leandro Montera to score the first goal of the game. It was time again to row back against the current for the men of Ricardo Rodríguez, who accused the blow in the following minutes. Leandro Montera continued to carry danger to the goal defended by Kajikawa. Tokushima Vortis could have tied the match after half an hour, through Sugimoto, who had a clear chance saved by the visitors’ goalkeeper.
The second half started with a new face from Tokushima Vortis, freed from any problem. This translated into greater control of the game and of the goal chances. A header by David Barral went slightly out. Barral did not miss in the 66th minute, making the equalizer goal after a spectacular play by Omotehara in the right wing. The match then acquired a dramatic tone. A goal could change everything for any team. In the end it was Tokyo Verdy who found the prize in the last play of the game, in a fast counterattack ended with a header by Yong-Jik. Again, as it happened against Ventforet Kofu, Tokushima Vortis was defeated in the last play of the match. The next matchday is a home game against Yokohama, which may be the last opportunity to continue dreaming.