November 11, 2018
Tokushima Vortis said goodbye to their fans with a goalless draw. The Blues thus sign six matches without scoring, a situation that has left the men of Ricardo Rodríguez without any play-off options. The season of Tokushima Vortis has been divided into three parts, where, regardless of the results, the gameplay has been maintained at a high level, with a bet on a collective style with an important participation of all players.
For the last home game, Ricardo Rodríguez maintained his structure, with the 3-5-2. A determined bet to give spectacle to the fans. However, the first half was somewhat slow, with no chance on goal for the locals.
The second half showed the best version of Tokushima Vortis, with an associative football and a clear offensive vocation. The occasions accumulated for the Blues, always with Utaka as protagonist. The striker tried it in every way, with attempts helped by his teammates and with shots from outside the box. One of them hit the crossbar half way through the second half. Iwao also appeared in the offensive zone, coming from the second line. He had two clear chances in his boots, but he could not finish. This was the tone of the second half when the Blues came close to scoring, but without fortune. On their side, Albirex Niigata had absolutely no options. They had enough resisting Tokushima Vortis.
The tie leaves Ricardo Rodríguez men with 55 points in the eleventh place in the Japan League 2. A league that will have a very interesting last matchday, as nothing is decided yet in the top, with up to four teams fighting for the direct promotion. Mastsumoto Yamaga leads with 76 points, followed by Oita Trinita (75 points), Machida Zelvia (75) and Yokohama FC (73). Meanwhile, Tokyo Verdy (70), Avispa Fukuoka (69) and Omiya Ardija (68) will fight for the play-off spots.