The day itself didn't go to plan, though and somehow the away team held on for a point after a scrambled goal was conceded in the 11th minute, with Ryu Takao sliding in to take the ball, but only succeeding in taking it away from Masaaki Higashiguchi and gifting an open goal to grateful 18-year-old debutante Ryunosuke Sagara.
Gamba then took the game to their visitors and went close to scoring on numerous occasions, with Patric being denied by goalkeeper Park Il-gyu on more than one chance before the big Brazilian deftly flicked home at the near post to equalise in the 77th minute. Before that Shunya Suganuma had headed against the bar from a corner and teenage striker Toyama had a couple of half chances that could have seen him the hero of the night!
The home team racked up twice as many attempts on goal as tehir opposition, and won 11 corners (to just two for Sagan Tosu) but that away defence held out and Gamba dropped two points in the race for 2nd place in J1.
Team - Higashiguchi, Takao, Suganuma, Kim, Fukuda (Yamamoto, 56), Fujiharu, Yajima, Kurata (Tsukamoto, 80), Kawasaki (Watanabe, 69), Usami (Toyama, 80), Patric
Scorer: PATRIC 77'