87 minutes into a game that Gamba looked likely to win at any time, an attack was repelled by the Gamba defence and the ball fell to Ewerton on the edge of the area. The Brazilian drilled a shot through a forest of legs - the most relevant of which belonged to Shinzo Koroki, directly in between the goalkeeper and the scorer and standing in an offside position. Goal given, game over!
Until then there had been few chances at either end with Gamba seeing the most action in the opposition goalmouth. Yasuyuki Konno headed downwards at a corner early in the second period, only to see his attempt scooped off the line by the 'keeper, and then, ss the clock ticked over to 72 minutes, Adelmilson found space among four defenders to shoot and saw his shot deflected inches wide of the post as 'keeper Shusaku Nishikawa watched helplessly. Then came the goal that brought an injustice and another defeat for Gamba but, even then there was almost a sting in the tail of this game as Gamba goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi went up for a corner and almost headed the equaliser with the final touch of the game!
After the final whistle Gamba players were still approaching the referee with their opinions on the "goal", but to no avail.
Team - Higashiguchi, Oh, Miura, Kim, Fujiharu (Yonekura, 45+2), Endo, Konno (Takae, 81), Onose, Ademilson, Kurata (Nakamura, 86), Hwang