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Brazilian forward Patric and strike partner Takashi Usami both scored twice as Gamba Osaka kept alive their hopes of a league and cup treble on Wednesday with a 5-2 win over relegation-haunted Shimizu S-Pulse in the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup.

Gamba squandered a two-goal lead at a rain-lashed Ajinomoto Stadium but Patric’s second header of the night made it 3-2 and Usami completed his brace with a superb chip before a late fifth from substitute Lins completed the victory and set up a meeting with second-division Montedio Yamagata in the final at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 13.

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