Vissel Kobe 0-0 Gamba Osaka
Gamba Osaka 2-0 Vissel Kobe
Gamba Osaka won 2-0 on aggregate
Gamba Osaka moved into the Levain Cup semi-finals, and a date with Cerezo in an Osaka Derby when they took out Vissel Kobe 2-0 on aggregate, on goals from Shun Nagasawa and Jin Izumisawa.
Despite playing without Japan international team selectees Masaaki Higashiguchi, Genta Miura and Yosuke Ideguchi, Gamba made light work of their Kansai rivals over the two legs.
After the 0-0 away leg, Nagasawa opened the scoring for Gamba in the 46th minute, right after the restart, heading home a Yasuhito Endo inswinging corner from close range.
Izumisawa added the second goal with a simple tap-in into an open goal after Oh Kae-suk's low cross was contested by Vissel 'keeper Kenta Tokushige and Nagasawa but missed by both players. The Gamba no.39 couldn't miss!
The semi-final two legged tie will be played on October 4th (at Cerezo) and October 8th to see who can grab a place in the November 4th final, to be played in Saitama.
1st leg - team - Fujigaya, Oh, Kim, Fabio, Fujiharu, Konno, Ichimaru, Yonekura (Nagasawa, 46), Kurata, Izumisawa (Endo, 90+4), Hwang (Ademilson, 72)
2nd leg - Team - Fujigaya, Oh, Kim, Fabio, Fujiharu, Konno, Endo, Kurata (Yonekura, 86), Izumisawa, Ademilson (Hwang, 61), Nagasawa
Goals (2nd leg):
46' Shun NAGASAWA
64' Jin IZUMISAWA