Chances were few and far between in this match for Gamba but Hwang Ui-jo almost equalised in the 64th minute with his patent cut in from the left and shot with the right. The 'keeper could not not hold on to the shot first time but managed to smother it as Gamba players moved in for the rebound. Then suddenly from nowhere the away team were 2-0 up as Shu Kurata was robbed in the opposition half and the ball was fed down the right wing to be crossed for Douglas to head home.
Hwang finally did score the goal he had been threatening with 15 minutes to go, as he found space among three defenders to slip aside and shoot across the goalkeeper from the edge of the area but Gamba could do little else in the final quarter of an hour and went down 2-1 at home.
Team - Higashiguchi, Yonekura, Miura, Suganuma, Hatsuse, Takae (Fujimoto, 46), Endo, Matheus, Kurata (Meshino, 66), Hwang, Ademilson (Nagasawa, 66)
Goal - HWANG 75'
Attendance - 17,542