In between the goals the game was played at Gamba's pace and Masaaki Higashiguchi in the Gamba goal was hardly bothered by two half-hit shots that he cleared up efficiently. When the second goal came it was Suganuma's first J1 goal in eight years, and he celebrated accordingly! So, 2-0 at the break and it looked as if Gamba were cruising to a well-earned, and vital three points.
10 minutes after the restart, any thoughts o taking it easy were shocked out of the Gamba defence when Higashiguchi saw his left-hand post struck from close range, and this woke up Gamba, to remind them they need to keep concentrating! Indeed, with five minutes to go of normal time, after a quick break down the left Kashiwa Reysol pulled a goal back and the final minutes suddenly got interesting, but the home team held on for a win in this six-pointer!
Team - Higashiguchi, Yanagisawa (Takao, 76), Suganuma, Kim, Fujiharu, Ju (Ideguchi, 76), Kurata (Yajima, 25), Okuno, Welington Silva (Tsukamoto, 80), Usami, Patric