IWATA, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Asian champion Gamba Osaka came from a goal down to beat Jubilo Iwata 3-1 in the fifth round of the Emperor’s Cup on Wednesday thanks to goals from Hayato Sasaki, Satoshi Yamaguchi and Masato Yamazaki.
Iwata midfielder Norihiro Nishi opened the scoring in less than a minute but 15 minutes later Sasaki equalized when he lofted the ball over goalkeeper Kenya Matsui, and Yamaguchi and Yamazaki scored with second-half headers at Yamaha Stadium.
Gamba set up a quarterfinal meeting with Nagoya Grampus on Dec. 25 at Kobe Universiade stadium.
“It was a great pass from Hayato (Sasaki). I just headed the ball into an empty net,” Yamaguchi said of the game winner.
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