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Former Japan international Yasuyuki Konno rescued a point for Gamba Osaka in their J. League season opener on Sunday, scoring a last-gasp equalizer in a 1-1 draw at home to modest Ventforet Kofu.

Kofu took the lead on 55 minutes when Masaru Matsuhashi rifled Yusuke Tanaka’s pass into the top corner from the edge of the area. But Konno, on target in Wednesday’s 3-0 away win to Adelaide United in the Asian Champions League, came up with a crucial leveler, heading in Yasuhito Endo’s free kick in the first minute of injury time.

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