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2020.7.30

Gamba Osaka 1-0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima

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Gamba Osaka earned a well-deserved win against the recently struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima to continue their fine run of form. Tsuneyasu Miyamoto has his players interchanging positions and systems and playing as a team, with some superb link play, great passing and movement but, importantly, also some solid defending. Moves down both wings were producing danger and half chances and in the 15th minute a desperate defensive clearance fell to Yasuhito Endo, who saw his curling 30-yard shot whistle past the post.

Next to see his attempt just miss a post was Shu Kurata,who received a ball on the edge of the area after quick decisive running down the left channel. The Gamba no.10 danced between defenders to create the opening then saw his left foot shot go inches wide with the helpless 'keeper watching in relief.

The home team finally got the breakthrough that they deserved from an out-swinging Usami corner that was headed home by the unmarked Genta Miura to give his team a 1-0 half time lead, but it wasn't enough for Tsuneyasu Miyamoto's team and they came out for the 2nd half with all guns blazing, looking for more goals. One almost came from Kazuma Watanabe, after a decisive move down the right saw a pass inside and the forward created space for his shot.

On the hour mark another Usami corner almost produced another goal, with the ball falling free in a jungle of legs, Endo slipped the ball intelligently to the side for Kurata to blast home. Or so he thought! His shot hit Rhayner on the line and the ball bounced out as Kurata held his head in disbelief, and Sanfrecce stayed within a goal. Rhayner was in action at the other end in the final moments as his flicked volley from an outswinging corner saw Higashiguchi scrambling to his near post to clear the danger and help give Gamba the three points and their third win running!

Team - Higashiguchi, Takao, Miura, Kim, Fukuda (Kurokawa, 90+2), Fujiharu, Ideguchi, Endo (Yajima, 66), Usami, (Ono, 66), Watanabe (Patric, 75), Kurata (Yamamoto, 90+2)

Scorer:
Genta MIURA 41'

Attendance: 4,142