In the opening game of the tournament campaign, Gamba took a very second-string team to Jubilo Iwata on March 6th, and went down 1-0 to a 30th-minute Seiya Nakano goal. Hiroto Goya got a start up front and played an hour before being replaced by Ademilson. Tatsuya Tanaka got a start too, along with Takahiro Ko and Shinya Yajima, who held the midfield together.
Team - Higashiguchi, Tanaka (Fujiharu, 71), Suganuma, Miura, Yonekura, Yajima, Ko, Onose (Nakamura, 46), Fujimoto, Watanabe, Goya (Ademilson, 60).
The second game of the Levain Cup 2019 saw Gamba entertain visitors Matsumoto Yamaga on March 13th, going down to an early away goal before coming back to win 2-1 on strikes from Kosuke Onose and Hwang Ui-jo.
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto fielded a stronger starting XI in this match with the likes of Yasuhito, Shu Kurata and Hwang returning to the Levain team.
Team - Higashiguchi, Miura, Suganuma, Kim, Ko, Endo (Konno, 90+1), Onose (Fujimoto, 89), Kurata, Ademilson, Fujiharu, Hwang (Watanabe, 86).
Ui-jo HWANG 31'
Kosuke ONOSE 34'