Early highlights show Masaaki Higashiguchi turning a Ken Tokura shot into the path of Consadole striker Jay Bothroyd who mis-controlled the gift and failed to score with goal at his mercy from six yards out! But the game was being run by the home team and minutes later a smart move on the right saw Jungo Fujimoto, Shu Kurata and Yasuhito Endo combine to give the latter space for a shot which the veteran struck against the post. The danger was not yet over, though as Oh Jae-suk returned the desperate clearance to the danger zone immediately and Kurata and Endo exchanged passes to split the defence again, and this time Kurata was pulled back by defender Kim Min-tae as he lined up his shot. Penalty kick. No doubt. Unbelievably, the Consadole defender did not see a yellow card for the blatant foul but Kurata put that thought aside as he placed the ball high into the net to give Gamba a well-deserved lead on 18 minutes, and that's the way it stayed until the break.
The 63rd minute saw Fabio and Ademilson combining well as the centre back broke from deep in his own half and exchanged passes with his compatriot before the final shot from Ademilson flew over the bar from close range when it seemed easier to score! Gamba would rue that miss as deep, deep into additional time that man Tokura headed past Higashiguchi to earn the away team an unexpected point and send the Gamba players to the showers in disappointment at dropping another two points to a late goal.
Team - Higashiguchi, Miura, Suganuma, Fabio, Oh, Endo (Takae, 64), Kurata, Fujimoto (Yonekura, 59), Ko, Ichimi (Fujiharu, 85), Ademilson
Goal - KURATA 18'
Attendance - 21,203