Hwang gacve Gamba a lead in the 7th minute as he held off Gen Shoji to win a long ball from 'keeper Masaaki Higashiguchi and then surprised everyone by shooting from the corner of the area when there seemed nowhere to go. Antlers' goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata had no chance as the unexpected shot went in at his left-hand post.
The home team found themselves back in the game due to some over-generous refereeing giving them a penalty lick in added time of the 1st half - Jin Izumisawa adjudged to have fouled Atsushi Nakamura, the home player dropping like a stone when he felt a little contact, it seemed.
Even then Higashiguchi saved Mu Kanazaki's PK well but the luck continued as Leandro's follow-up shot found its way through the legs of Genta Miura AND the 'keeper to level the scores on the half time whistle.
It was added time again for Antlers' winner as Ueda climbed high to head a corner down at the post, and even then Higashiguchi will probably feel he should have done better as he got a hand to the ball but it sneaked under his body. The luck of a team heading for a championship won this one and who can stop Antlers now?
Team - Higashiguchi, Oh, Miura, Kim, Fujiharu, Ideguchi, Konno, Kurata (Yonekura, 84), Izumisawa (Hatsuse, 67), Endo (Nagasawa, 46), Hwang
Goal: 7' HWANG Ui Jo