Gamba defender Kwon Kyung-won wins by header in the final against Vissel in 10 men

Defender Kwon Kyung-won took home a late win on Sunday for Gamba Osaka, who defeated Vissel Kobe in 10 men 2-0 in a sometimes volatile J. League top flight clash.

The South Korean international made it to a corner in the 81st minute before substitute Wellington Silva added second place in injury time against a battered Kobe defense.

The defeat compounded recent woes for allegedly glamorous club Kobe, whose star-studded team has yet to record a win in 11 J1 games.

The visitors lost a man in the 34th minute at Panasonic Stadium when Ryuho Kikuchi was sent off for deliberately tripping Patric in a scoring position outside the box.

Gamba sent three shots at the woods before half-time, including a Kwon bolt that shook the uppercut.

Playing 10 on 11 ultimately put a strain on coach Miguel Angel Lotina’s men, who were forced to defend a series of set pieces towards the end of the match.

Ko Yanagisawa’s deflected shot bounced off the right side of the box, where a jump from Kwon passed Kobe goalkeeper Daiya Maekawa.

“It was a tough game and I’m just glad I managed to score the goal,” said 30-year-old Kwon, who had moved from K League side Seongnam FC earlier this year. “I really felt like I wanted to do something to help the team, and luckily I got the chance when the ball landed on me.”

Gamba di Tomohiro Katanosaka’s team broke a five-game winning streak in J1 but remained in the bottom half of the table with 14 points. Vissel, who named Lotina last month after sacking Atsuhiro Miura, are at the bottom of the table with just four points.

In another J1 play, Sagan Tosu beat FC Tokyo 1-0 at Ajinomoto Stadium on a late free-kick from Yuki Horigome, while Kashiwa Reysol and Urawa Reds battled to a goalless draw.

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