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2018.9.21

Vissel Kobe 1-2 Gamba Osaka

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Gamba went in to this Kansai derby match on the back of an impressive and well-deserved win over 2nd-placed Kawasaki Frontale and immediately looked in the mood to take another win against high-flying opposition, as former Vissel Kobe forward Kazuma Watanabe created space for Hwang Ui-jo with a fine flick after a Yasuhito Endo pass, the Korean forward forcing a fine save from his compatriot Kim Seung-gyu in the home goal. Masaaki Higashiguchi was then called upon at the other end to deny Andres Iniesta's left foot shot as both teams had early chances.

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)


Goals;
KURATA, 52'
HWANG, 68'