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FUJIGAYA'S SAVINGS TAKE GAMBA TOWARD A TITLE

J-LEAGUE

Are you at SAITAMA ? No, there must be Expo Studium in Osaka. But Reds possese a ball during the game, besides a lot of reds' supporters in the seats behind the net as usual. J-League leader Gamba Osaka welcomed Urawa Reds to survive to get a title first time each other.

Urawa controlled the game in the 1st half since opening the game, but it was Osaka to get a step for victory. Brazilian Fernandinho went deep into the area past Reds' international Keisuke Tsuboi and shooted for far side out of goalkeeper Norihiro Yamagishi's touch into the net. Next, a chance to score turned around to Reds, but Tomislav Maric failed an easy equalizer just before 1st half ended.

Reds' aggressive attacks went on in the 2nd half, when Japanese international Alessandro Santos tried a curling free kick but goalkeeper Yosuke Fujigaya denied superbly. Afterwards Guido Buchwald's men made a lot of chances but Akira Nishino's men succeeded in a counterattack in the 83rd minute, when, once though Brazilian Araujo's shot was driven back by Yamagishi, the J-League topscorer carried the deflected ball calmly into the net. That was his 31st goal this season.

A couple of minutes later, Santos cut a deficit to make an acurate free kick over blue-and-black wall up the left side net. Home team exchanged a game plan to replace defensive players, while away team sent strikers for booked midfielders, Tomoyuki Sakai and Makoto Hasebe, to make chances. Defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka kicked fast and strong ball from Alex's corner but didn't reach the net when the ball went to directly Fujigaya to caught luckily. Gamba had won this game, 2-1, to collest 57 points overall while Urawa was behind 7 points from top.

Gamba is the most scoring team but also gives goals like underdog teams. This day, the blue and black showed to defend well in the situation like running away a leading game. I forgot they had Zico-Japan's captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, who had played full time despite having been injured.

match result:

Urawa 1-2 Osaka (12 Nov)
(0-1)29' FERNANDINHO
(0-2)83' ARAUJO
(1-2)85' SANTOS

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