Saturday, February 24, 2007

Gamba Osaka wins Japan's Super Cup for first time

Brazilian goalscorer Magno Alvez scored the first hat-trick in the competition's history to fire Gamba Osaka to a 4-0 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds to win Japan's Super Cup for the first time on Saturday. It was sweet revenge for Osaka, who lost to Urawa in the Emperor's Cup final. They also lost their J-League title to Urawa in the final game of last season. "It was really good that we defeated Urawa at last," said a relieved Osaka coach Akira Nishino after the official season opener.

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