CHIBA TAKES VICTORY OF REMATCH, POSSIBILITY OF CHAMP
3 weeks later, finalists of Yamazaki Nabisco Cup, JEF United Chiba and Gamba Osaka played again at Osaka in the 33rd J-League match day. Despite of absence of Masashi Oguro and Araujo, Gamba took a lead to score by international Yasuhito Endo's free kick which Chiba goalkeeper Ryo Kushino caught in his own goalzone. But a few minutes later, international Yuki Abe got a lucky foul in the box to give JEF a game-tie. At the 1st half, Osaka moved a ball better but was stopped it before shooting. When playmaker Brazilian Fernandihno brought a ball into a shot range, Chiba defencemen react quickly to surround him to stole his playing space. The time rewarding to Chiba's devoted plays came when Satoru Yamagishi shooted a through pass from Bulgarian Ilian Stoyanov for right side net to turn the table.
Into the 2nd half, The more times Ivica Osim's men successfully carried a ball around the field mainly striker Seiichiro Maki, the more frustrated coach Akira Nishino and his men were. Gamba's offence didn't seem to function without Fernandinho, moreover youth Shinichi Terada and Ryota Miki, who each was first time as a starter of top team this season, for two absent strikers couldn't make Chiba defence a panic. Hopeful Akihiro Ienaga's shot in the area at end of time hit the post due to changing the direction with defenceman's leg to end tha game. JEF had deserved a rematch win and remained the possibility to reach the top of the league because Cerezo Osaka, who had stood at the first place past town rival, had drawn at Yokohama.
Now Chiba has 56 points behind Cerezo by 2 points. The 5th place team is going up to the title. Nobody can't deny any longer that it is achieved.
Chiba 2-1 Osaka (26 Nov)