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2020.8.29

Gamba Osaka 1-3 Urawa Reds

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After a weekend off as Sagan Tosu's squad had members who had tested positive for the Corona Virus, Gamba Osaka came into this game looking to make ground on the top spot, but they came away with nothing, except, perhaps, a goal of the season contender!

losing 3-1, at home, when the season was going so well ill be a shock to the system and Gamba will not be as unlucky as this again in the 2020 campaign, surely.

Yosuke Ideguchi preceded his wonder goal with a head early in the game that flew just past the post as the home team looked for the opening, and Takashi Usami was next after a run down the right by Kosuke Onose found him space on the edge of the area. Usami's shot again had the goalkeeper just watching in hope as it struck the crossbar and bounced clear. Usami again, just on e quarter of an hour mark has the away 'keeper diving to his right to keep a shot out and it seemed just a matter of time before Gamba opened the floodgates. How wrong that assumption was to be as the opposition opened the scoring with a deflected shot from Takahiro Sekine in the 24th minute so much against the run of play the stadium was silenced.

The 33rd minute saw another huge stroke of fortune for Urawa Reds as both teams slowed down after what seemed a foul but the referee gave nothing. The next pass caught the Gamba defence unawares and not concentrating and the ball flicked up onto the body of Hiroki Fujiharu. The whistle went and a penalty kick was given - whether the ball was handled or not, replays also seemed to show the ball was not even inside the penalty area. Nevertheless Leonardo took the opportunity to double his fortunate team's lead!

As Gamba looked for a way back into the game in the 2nd half, players were looking for the movement up front and the defence took their eyes off the ball allowing a pass to go astray. The ball was lobbed forward and Genta Miura took the decision to allow the bounce before clearing, not realising a forward was right on his tail. Yuki Muto latched on to the ball and his first time, speculative shot somehow made it through Miura's legs and in off the far post. 0-3 game over!?

All we had left in this game was for Ideguchi to score the goal of his life as hung back at an Usami corner and as the kicker took the set play he came sprinting in to reach the ball on the edge of the area and send an unstoppable volley past Shusaku Nishikawa to give Gamba some consolation, and even some hope. Patric then had a half chance as ball came over the top to him, but he failed to make contact, while Yuki Fukuda has the away goalkeeper scrambling down low to keep a shot out as Reds desperately held on to an unexpected win.

Team - Higashiguchi, Takao, Miura, Shoji, Onose (Kurata, 62), Fujiharu (Fukuda, 70), Yajima, Ideguchi, Ono (Endo, 46), Usami (Patric, 70), Watanabe (Ademilson, 46)

Goal - Yosuke IDEGUCHI, 60'

Attendance: 4721