Osaka into J1 League final with bizarre play

J1 League outfit Gamba Osaka qualified for the Championship Final in bizarre fashion as a near own goal clipped the post before they launched a clinical counter-attack.

Patric

Gamba Osaka's Brazilian striker Patric Source: Getty Images

Osaka’s Yasuyuki Konno had broken the stalemate in the second-half only for Urawa Reds' Zlatan Ljubijankić to draw the game level from point-blank range with 20 minutes to play.

The game edged into extra-time and was full of suspense only for an incredible 30 seconds to cut the tension like a knife.

Gamba’s Daiki Niwa almost played the villain as his chipped back pass went over the head of his goalkeeper.

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Fortunately, the ball struck the post and within five passes his side had raced into a 2-1 lead. Talk about riding your luck.



The killer goal was added from Patric, who latched on to a free-kick with a neat touch, as Osaka qualified for the Championship Final, where they will face Sanfrecce Hiroshima.


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Published 29 November 2015 at 10:30pm
By Liam Curtis