Watanabe himself then had the home 'keeper struggling on a shot from outside the area that was palmed away for a corner on the half-hour mark but it was Vissel who made the breakthrough five minutes later when an Iniesta pass was controlled by Kyogo Furuhashi, his one touch beating one centre back, then a little flick beating the other before he sent a blistering half volley in off the 'keeper's hands, the post and the crossbar! 1-0 at the break.
Gamba were back in it, though, and deservedly so, seven minutes after the restart as Kosuke Onose and Oh Jae-suk combined on the right wing before the Korean popped in a deep cross for the in-rushing Shu Kurata to volley home from close range, 1-1!
Kurata then turned provider a quarter of an hour later, finding space on the left, advancing into the area, his low cross handing Hwang a tap-into an open goal as he sneaked in unmarked between defenders.
Gamba looked in little danger of losing this one as the game edged towards its finish and a vital three points were added to the tally for Tsuneyasu Miyamoto's men!
Team - Higashiguchi, Miura, Konno (ko, 83), Fabio, Onose, Fujiharu, Takae (Oh, 46), Endo, Watanabe, Kurata, Hwang (Ichimi, 87)