FUKUROI, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Gamba Osaka’s run at an unprecedented third consecutive Emperor’s Cup title came to a crashing halt in the semifinals as Akira Nishino’s side went down 3-0 away to Shimizu S-Pulse on Wednesday.

Frode Johnsen struck on either side of halftime at Shizuoka Ecopa Stadium for S-Pulse, who are trying to send manager Kenta Hasegawa out on a winning note.

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