SUITA, Osaka Pref. – Brazilian striker Bare bagged a brace to help fire Gamba Osaka to the top of the J. League after a 5-2 win over visiting Jubilo Iwata on Sunday.
Bare’s double and another from fellow Brazilian Sidiclei saw the home side take just 24 minutes to romp into a 3-0 lead at rain-hit Expo Stadium and seemingly put the game out of Iwata’s reach.
Shinji Murai fueled hopes of a Jubilo comeback with two goals in the space of nine second-half minutes but late strikes from Hideo Hashimoto and Takahiro Futagawa completed a deserved win for Gamba.
Victory moved the 2005 champions on to 17 points from seven games, one point clear of Nagoya Grampus Eight, who won 2-0 at home to Vissel Kobe on Saturday.
Yokohama F. Marinos were the day’s biggest winners, though, as two goals from Daisuke Sakata contributed to a 5-0 hammering of Oita Trinita in Sunday’s only other fixture at Nissan Stadium.
Looking to rebound from its first league defeat of the season at Albirex Niigata last Saturday, Gamba laid siege to the Iwata goal from the kick off and Bare gave the home side the lead after eight minutes when he bundled home a flick on by Futagawa.
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi produced three excellent stops early on but the Jubilo Iwata ‘keeper was punished for flapping at a corner which was eventually stabbed home by Sidiclei at the far post. Bare extended the lead nine minutes later by powering home his fourth of the season from another Yasuhito Endo corner.
Murai replied with a 70th-minute header and pulled Iwata back into the game with a superb long-range drive but Hashimoto and Futagawa extinguished any hopes of a comeback with goals in the last nine minutes.
“I was able to score twice today but it is not just about me. It was a great performance from the whole team,” said Bare. “The important thing now is to try as hard as we can to keep top spot in the table,” added the former Ventforet Kofu marksman.
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