Gamba immediately set out about looking for the equaliser but the going was hard, Shu Kurata coming close on the 15-minute mark with a desperate - but effective - defensive block of a close range shot denying him. Leandro Pereira was denied by the 'keeper as half time approached, and then Takashi Usami let fly from the edge of the area, but the ball flew over the bar. As the half time break approached it was Dai Tsukamoto who came closest to that goal that Gamba needed, weaving through the FC Tokyo defence from the halfway line and forcing another save from the 'keeper, down low to his right.
The 2nd half began in similar fashion to the first, but this time the away defence were equal to the early chance and that was about as exciting as the second period got as the home team held on for their narrow win.
Team - Higashiguchi, Miura, Shoji, Suganuma, Kurokawa, Tsukamoto (Onose, 60), Ideguchi (Ju, 82), Yajima, Kurata (Wellington Silva, 71), Usami (Patric, 82), Leandro Pereira (Ichimi, 60)