GOAL RALLY WIN EXTENDS TO 5th STRAIGHT FOR GAMBA
Where have gone the traditionally hard defence of the tricolore? Yokohama F. Marinos with Japanese International Yuji Nakazawa welcomed Gamba Osaka on the 8th Day of J-League. Yokohama's coach Takeshi Okada kept making his men show the fighting spirits for last champion. Marinos were being dominated by the attacks of Gamba created from Brazilian Fernandinho until striker Hideo Oshima's header and defender Naoki Matsuda's middle range shot off set-play. Home team's turnaround in the 1st half was expected the way the game rolled for exciting, but it didn't. Away team's striker Magno Alves de Araujo's double in the 1st seemed to go back to Osaka's domination, but it was not true.
Into the 2nd half, Gamba coach Akira Nishino sellected a rapid replacement, Fernandinho out at 70 minutes, when the whereabout of the game started moving quickly. Takahiro Futagawa's header from beautiful combinations for Osaka led for good, while substitution Kenta Kano pushed in a loose ball equalizer for Yokohama some minutes after Futagawa. At 15 minuts left, Okada didn't make a draw means to change a 4-backs formation showing more aggressive style. But it was a fatal mistake by themself who prepared for his men. Nakazawa and Matsuda of central defence processed a ball halfway, when substitute striker Masafumi Maeda found quickly the target where the goalkeeper Tatsuya Enomoto couldn't reach it. Gamba beat Marinos to deserve the 5th straight win in the league.
Yokohama's bad defence was serious. Including a lot of those who injure, the coach seemed to pass suffering days the future.
Osaka 4-3 Yokohama (15 Apr)
(1-0)16' MAGNO ALVES
(2-2)44' MAGNO ALVES