Gamba manager Kenta Hasegawa surprised many by giving Patric a "sayonara start" while Ryo Hatsuse was given a midfield place today. Yosuke Ideguchi was missing with concussion suffered during his national team appearance in Iran.
Patric showed a spark of his old form in the 21st minute when he slipped a ball past his marker at the half way line and bore down on goal, but his final shot was weak and wide. It was a midfield battle for the first period, with half chances galore but nothing for either side to really finish.
Five minutes into the 2nd half Shu Kurata found room to manoeuvre and shoot from just outside the area but his shot was just wide, but the breakthrough finally came in the 70th minute when Kurata's inswinging cross from the left was headed home by substitute Nagasawa.
The goalscoring number 20 was up for it now and made enough room for a shot on the turn seven minutes after his goal, but his effort hit the side netting.
Vissel desperately tried to get back into the game as time ran down but the defence, and Masaaki Higashiguchi in goal were equal to anything thrown at them, and Gamba went home with the points
Team - Higashiguchi, Oh, Miura, Fabio, Fujiharu, Konno, Endo, Hatsuse (Fujimoto, 62), Doan, Kurata (Izumisawa, 85), Patric (Nagasawa, 52)
Goal - Shun NAGASAWA, 70