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2017.8.16

Gamba Osaka 0-2 Jubilo Iwata

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Gamba Osaka went down to an undeserved home defeat, with chances galore just missing a touch or a desperate defense making the block to keep out the home team. Jubilo Iwata were then cheeky enough to take the points on two headers from two set pieces, doing little else to earn the points.

There was some rotation, both enforced (Oh Jaesuk was suspended, Jungo Fujimoto is out for the season with a knee injury) or not. Bueno was missing at the back, with Jungya Kim in, and Yosuke Ideguchi was out of the squad completely. Hwang Ui jo and Ademilson were preferred up front with Shun Nagasawa on the bench.

Gamba - in their one-off Taro Okamoto's Nanpaku monument inspired shirts - were looking for goals from the start and Shu Kurata's 13th minute volley after a clever one-touch chip over the top of the defence from the confident Ichimaru left the 'keeper stranded but whistled past the far post.

Just as Gamba looked on top Kentaro Oi came in and got a head to Nakamura's 19th minute left wing free kick and the way team were 1-0 up!

It was Ichimaru involved again in the 34th minute after the away defence fumbled two chances to get the ball away under pressure from white-shirted forwards, the youngsters shot inches away from the top corner.

Eight minutes after the break it was still Gamba in control of the game and Hwang was inches away from connecting with Ademilson's low ball across goal as the home crowd looked on willing the ball to go in. Barely a minute later and the same combination saw the same result, the little Brazilian crossing for Hwang to narrowly miss contact in front of goal.

Just after the hour mark, with a Gamba goal looking very likely Hwang came as close as any home player would today, his snapshot from the right side of the area rebounding back across goal off the inside of the post!

Jubilo looked as if they would crumble at any minute but it was the referee who crumbled first giving Adailton a free kick after he manhandled Kim then took a theatrical fall and, it was that man Nakamura again to send in a free kick that Adailton himself was allowed to head home in the 73rd minute. The away fans behind the goal could hardly believe it!

Gamba manager Kenta Hasegawa made changes and one of them - Shun Nagasawa - almost had the final say of the match when Hiroki Fujimoto beat his man yet again on the day, his cross being headed straight at the grateful goalkeeper for the final act of the match.


Team - Higashiguchi, Hatsuse, Miura, Kim, Fujiharu, Konno (Izumisawa, 81), Endo (Takagi, 90+1), Ichimaru (Nagasawa, 76), Kurata, Ademilson, Hwang