THe main protagianists of Frontale's attack seemed to be Akihiro Ienaga and Hiroyuki Abe - both former Gamba players, of course - but Masaaki Higashiguchi in the Gamba goal was not called upon until the 23rd minute, when Tatsuki Nara headed on an inswinging corner to force a fine save to keep the scores level into the half time break.
The game carried on the way in a similar vein after the 2nd half whistle and Higashiguchi made a fine save with his right foot in the 54th minute after Yu Kobayashi has taken the ball around him. The Gamba 'keeper was the hero again after he made a fine one-handed save from a header off an inswinging Kengo Nakamura free kick, frustrating the home team yet again.
Ironically, the winner came from a shot that was not cleanly hit and sneaked through the legs of the unfortunate 'keeper, but they all count and Frontale went ahead to keep their championship hopes alive!
Then came the handball incident that has the Gamba side up in arms, but the referee saw nothing and the points went to the home team.
Team - Higashiguchi, Hatsuse, Miura, Konno, Fujiharu, Endo, Ideguchi, Takagi (Nagasawa, 52), Yonekura (Oh, 82), Kurata, Goya (Akasaki, 56)