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2019.3.12

Shimizu S-Pulse 2-4 Gamba Osaka

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Gamba Osaka traveled to Shizuoka for their first away game of the season with what is probably the full strength line-up as we move into the 2019 campaign. Yasuyuki Konno was deemed fit enough to start against Shimizu S-Pulse and lined up alongside Yasuhito Endo in the centre of the field. Gamba took the game to their hosts and looked the better team before going down a goal against the run of play in the 17th minute. It took the away team 12 minutes to pull back, as Kosuke Onose scored for the second game-in-a-row to bring his team level. The diminutive right-sided player finished off a superb passing move down the left that tore the home defence apart, his left foot shot placed high in the top corner form about 15 yards out.

Hwang Ui-jo almost made it 2-1 minutes later as a clearance from the S-Pulse defence was headed back into the area and the Korean marksman hit the bouncing ball with force, but Yuji Rokutan in the home goal got a hand to it. 1-1 at the break.

Hwang became provider for Gamba's second goal as he got on the end of another great passing move to grab the ball on the touchline as a defender thought he was shepherding it out. His footwork fooled the defence and he slipped it back into the path of Ademilson who calmly slotted the ball home. Just over 10 minutes later Ademilson doubled his tally and made it 3-1 to the away team when he got on the end of a firmly struck near post Endo free kick - when everyone was expecting a far post lob, perhaps - and his glancing header went in off the post!

Minutes later we saw a Korean combination on the right as Oh Jae-suk robbed a defender and slipped the ball to Hwang. With seemingly nothing on Hwang let fly with his right foot, low, hard and through the tiny gap between 'keeper and post. What a finish it was! 4-1 to Gamba, game over! But even then there was time for Hwang to beat the 'keeper at his near post again in added time, his shot on the half volley from an almost impossible angle rolling across the line, bouncing off the far post and back into the 'keeper's grateful arms. Still there was some excitement, though, as a 97th minute free kick from Hideki Ishige bounced off the Gamba bar, bounced around the area and was forced home by late substitute debutant Yuta Taki! Final score 4-2 to Gamba, but it really could have been more!


Team - Higashiguchi, Oh, Miura, Kim, Fujiharu, Konno, Endo (Yajima, 80), Onose (Fujimoto, 85), Kurata, Ademilson (Watanabe, 83), Hwang


Goals:
Kosuke ONOSE 29'
ADEMILSON 58'
ADEMILSON 70'
HWANG Ui Jo 73'