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J. League leader Gamba Osaka avoided an embarrassing early exit from the Emperor’s Cup on Wednesday night after a dramatic 7-6 penalty shootout win over second-division Yokohama FC in the fourth round.

Still licking its wounds after a penalty shootout loss to JEF United Chiba in last weekend’s Nabisco Cup final, Gamba looked to be on its way out after Shingi Ono fired Yokohama into a 3-2 lead in the 94th minute, after the match had finished 2-2 in normal time.

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