It was a game of few chances at either hand, a Takashi Usami free kick being tipped around a post in the 29th minute, and then the same player saw his volley inches past the other post just before the break as Gamba failed to tally in the 1st half.
In the 68th minute the home team thought they had opened the scoring as Yuya Yamagishi saw his goal chalked off by VAR spotting a handball, and Gamba lived to fight for the win. And it was the win that Gamba had come for as they pressed continually for the goal. Genta Miura came close with 10 minutes on the clock, but the Avispa 'keeper was equal to the header. There was nothing he could do about the goal, though, when it did come, as Patric sneaked in between defenders and dove to head home from close range.
Gamba goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi was called into action in the 90th minute to deny Douglas Grolli, keep the clean sheet intact and confirm the win! The referee played almost 10 minutes additional time but the home team were unable to get the draw and Gamba kept another clean sheet!
Team - Higashiguchi, Miura, Shoji, Kim, Onose, Kurokawa, Yamamoto, Kurata (Okuno, 78), Yajima (Ichimi, 78), Usami (Wellington Silva, 68), Leandro Pereira (Patric, 78)