Gamba went looking for goals from the off, as always, and Shu Kurata almost opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a rasping long-distance strike that was headed for the top corner before the 'keeper got up to palm it away for a corner. Gamba looked to be in cruise control before the home team began to get back into the game a little, and they opened the scoring through Taisei Miyashiro, who flicked on an in-swinging free kick that found its way into the far corner.
Leandro Pereira came close to bringing the scores level from Gamba's own free kick, but the home goalkeeper was in fine from today, getting low to this left to foil Gamba's Brazilian marksman. And then, against the run of play again, Gamba were 2-0 down just before the break, after failing to clear a ball bobbling around in the area. Half time, two down, and nothing to show for their hard work, Gamba would have their work cut out for the 2nd half and they did indeed work hard, but the Vortis defence was a match for everything until the final moments when substitute Tiago Alves managed a consolation goal after a fine through pass from Yuji Ono.
Team - Higashiguchi, Miura, Shoji, Kim, Onose, Okuno (Fujiharu, 46), Ju (Yamamoto, 56), Yajima (Ono, 71), Kurata (Tiago Alves, 84), Leandro Pereira, Ichimi (Usami, 57)
Scorer: Tiago ALVES, 90+1