Soccer: Gamba Osaka beat Vissel Kobe 1-0, tighten grip on 2nd place

Patric struck before halftime Wednesday as Gamba Osaka beat Vissel Kobe 1-0 and strengthened their grip on second place in the J-League first-division table.Attacking aggressively from the outset, Gamba forced Kobe keeper Daiya Maekawa to save a Kosuke Onose header in the 15th minute at Panasonic Stadium.Club top scorer Patric put the home side ahead on a counterattack in the 27th minute, netting his seventh league goal with a deflected shot following a passing movement with Takashi Usami.”It felt good. (Usami and I) have been combining well. The goal took a slight deflection off the defender,…

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