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Gamba Osaka sink Tianjin 2-0 to top ACL group

05-12-2011 15:13 BJT

A trademark freekick by Yasuhito Endo delivered Gamba Osaka a 2-0 win over Tianjin Teda and a place in the knockout stages of the Asian Champions League yesterday. Tianjin had already advanced to the next round.

Gamba Osaka striker Adriano (R) fires a shot against China's Tianjin Teda during their
Asian Champions League match in Osaka, Japan, May 11, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Japan's Gamba Osaka forward Lee Kuen-ho (R) of South Korea fights for the ball against
China's Tianjin Teda forward Yu Dabao (L) during the Asian Champions League group E match
in Osaka, Japan, May 11, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Frustrated by a sodden pitch and an opponent that defended in numbers, Gamba looked like making a shock early exit until Japan playmaker Endo curled a freekick around the wall and into the top right corner in the 73rd minute to make it 1-0.

Tianjin had been intent on securing a draw that would have delivered home advantage in the one-leg round of 16. The win moved Gamba to the top of Group E.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CRI

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