So, it is impressive to see 18-year-old Keita Nakamura grab a hat trick, as well as 21-year-old Akita Takagi getting two goals in seven minutes after coming on as a late substitute. Just turned 20, Ryotaro Meshino also got on the scoresheet, while Ryu Yakao (22), Leo Takae (21 on June 27th) and Yuya Fukuda (20) all started, while we should not forget David Concha - still only 22 - who is slowly settling into life in Japan. The future is bright for Gamba - so bright I may have to wear sunglasses next time I watch them!
Next in the Emperor's Cup come the conquerors of Tokyo Verdy - Hosei University, at the Ajinomoto Field Nishi, in Tokyo, on August 14th, kick off 18.30/
Team - Higashiguchi, Suganuma, Takao, Aoyama, Onose (Ademilson, 62), Concha (Tanaka, 76), Yajima, Takae, Fukuda, Nakamura, Meshino (Takagi, 70)
Keito NAKAMURA 10'
Keito NAKAMURA 14'
Ryotaro MESHINO 24'
Akito TAKAGI 75'
Keito NAKAMURA 79'
Akito TAKAGI 82'