Kashiwa Reysol 4-2 Gamba Osaka
Kazuma Watanabe, heading home at the far post in the 26th minute, equalised an early strike from Daisuke Suzuki - heading home as he jumped between Gamba defenders - and it looked as if the teams would go in level before the home team added a goal on the stroke of half time. Ademilson saw his shot saved with a desperate defensive block a minute before when Yusuke Segawa blasted home at the other end to give the home team the half time lead. They then scored one moments after the 2nd half kicked off, when Yuta Nakayama's near post strike took a deflection to fool the Gamba goalkeeper and Reysol took control of the scoreboard, somehow. Looking to prove themselves worthy of new contracts in 2019, under the eye of former manager Nelsinho, the home team took their chances well and Cristiano added a fourth goal with a shot from the half way line after the Gamba midfield has lost the ball to him high up the field! Ademilson then finished off one of Gamba's chances - with a fine dribble and an unstoppable shot to pull the away team back to within two goals. But 4-2 was how it stayed.
A roller-coaster season was done and we can look forward to a new campaign under manager Miyamoto as Gamba look to continue the improvement seen after he took over. Bring on 2019!
Team - Higashiguchi, Yonekura (Fujimoto, 65), Fabio, Miura, Fujiharu, Konno, Endo (Nakamura, 65), Onose, Kurata, Watanabe (Ichimi, 77), Ademilson
Kazuma WATANABE 28'