J.League Division 1: 2012 Final Standings

Gamba Osaka went into the final day of the 2012 season in 16th position, and while at the mercy of results elsewhere in the table to remain in J.League Division 1, sought victory at the Yamaha Stadium to ensure the best possible prospect of survival. Masanobu Matsunami’s men began the match in poor fashion, conceding inside the first five minutes as Yosuke Fujigaya added to a litany of goalkeeping blunders, fumbling a low cross against defender Sota Nakazawa. Akira Kaji made a desperate attempt at a goal line clearance, but could only divert the ball against Jubilo striker Ryoichi Maeda for the opening goal of the game.

Shu Kurata’s superb footwork enabled Gamba to draw level in the 53rd minute, firing high into the Jubilo net from a tight angle for a much needed equaliser, but although Leandro headed against the bar in the 79th minute, and less than two minutes later Yasuhito Endo saw his goal disallowed for a very marginal offside decision, they were unable to find a second goal. Instead, midfielder Yuki Kobayashi exchanged passes with Maeda, then rifled a shot past Fujigaya to hand the home side their first league victory since 15 September and send the Suita outfit into the second division for the first time in their history. Only Kashima Antlers, Yokohama F-Marinos, Nagoya Grampus and Shimizu S-Pulse now remain of the sides never to have set foot outside the top flight.

Highlights of all of the final round of matches in J.League Division 1 can be found at this link.

Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima (C) 34 10 2 5 32 16 9 5 3 31 18 +29 64
2 Vegalta Sendai (ACL) 34 9 6 2 34 17 6 6 5 25 26 +16 57
3 Urawa Red Diamonds (ACL) 34 8 6 3 23 18 7 4 6 24 24 +5 55
4 Yokohama F-Marinos 34 7 7 3 24 15 6 7 4 20 18 +11 53
5 Sagan Tosu 34 11 3 3 26 12 4 5 8 22 27 +9 53
6 Kashiwa Reysol 34 6 5 6 28 30 9 2 6 29 22 +5 52
7 Nagoya Grampus 34 8 3 6 22 19 7 4 6 24 28 -1 52
8 Kawasaki Frontale 34 7 2 8 25 26 7 6 4 26 24 +1 50
9 Shimizu S-Pulse 34 6 7 4 23 21 8 0 9 16 19 -1 49
10 FC Tokyo 34 8 1 8 30 22 6 5 6 17 22 +3 48
11 Kashima Antlers 34 8 3 6 36 21 4 7 6 14 22 +7 46
12 Jubilo Iwata 34 9 5 3 31 19 4 2 11 26 34 +4 46
13 Omiya Ardija 34 6 5 6 17 20 5 6 6 21 25 -7 44
14 Cerezo Osaka 34 6 3 8 26 28 5 6 6 21 25 -6 42
15 Albirex Niigata 34 3 6 8 15 21 7 4 6 14 13 -5 40
16 Vissel Kobe (R) 34 5 3 9 19 21 6 3 8 22 29 -9 39
17 Gamba Osaka (R) 34 4 7 6 36 35 5 4 8 31 30 +2 38
18 Consadole Sapporo (R) 34 3 2 12 13 34 1 0 16 12 54 -63 14
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