The home team began the match with three backs - becoming five backs when defending, of course - as Miyamoto brought in Shunya Suganuma to join Samurai Blue centre back Genta Miura and Fabio in a flat three. J1 player on the month for September, Yasuyuki Konno, lined up centrally with veteran Yasuhito Endo to patrol the middle, while Oh Jae-suk and Hiroshi Fujihara were given the job of patrolling the wings. Completing the line up were Shu Kurata and Kosuke Onose in attacking roles, supporting Kazuma Watanabe up front.
This formation was set up to stifle the free-running Yokohama midfield and try to break down moves and fill empty space and it did its job until an off-target shot rolled across goal to be pounced on at the far post, when goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi - noticeably hampered by injury - couldn’t get across quick enough to cover the space. Gamba went 1-0 down to an unfortunate goal and, sure enough Mizuki Hayashi replaces the injured Higashiguchi at half time.
For the 2nd half Gamba also brought on Hwang Ui-jo for Mizunuma, switching to four backs, and immediately seeing much more action up front as the tired legs of the opposition had trouble handling Hwang and his cohorts as they advanced again and again. While Gamba had all the play it took until the 71st minute for Hwang to get on the score sheet to bring his team level and then, with four minutes to go in regular time, Kosuke Onose strufk his first J1 goal to give Gamba the points, as if had never been in doubt!
An impressive 26,000-plus crowd saw Gamba steam to another excellent win as Miyamoto guides this team to safety. Next up is a difficult away tie at Urawa Reds. Can the winning run continue?
Team - Higashiguchi (Hayashi, 46), Oh, Miura, Fabio, Suganuma, Fujiharu, Konno, Endo, Onose, Kurata, Watanabe
HWANG Ui-Jo 71'
Kosuke ONOSE 86'
Attendance - 26,630