Then came the huge slice of luck that changed the match with Ono's shot from distance taking a huge deflection off the back of Shu Kurata - and even then Higashiguchi made an acrobatic attempt to change direction and managed to get a hand on the ball! Kanazaki doubled the lead for the home team just over 10 minutes later, first-timing a curler into the far corner past the unsighted 'keeper.
Fernando Torres added the third goal with minutes to go as Gamba threw caution to the wind, looking for goals and got caught on the break and with Gamba continuing to look for goals Higashiguchi was called on for another superb save to deny Kanazaki adding his second and his teams fourth goal. A bad day at the office in the end for Tsueyasu Miyamoto and his team.
Team - Higashiguchi, Yonekura, Miura, Suganuma, Fujiharu, Endo, Ko (Takae, 71), Fujimoto (Ichimi, 66), Kurata, Ademilson, Watanabe (Onose, 77)