Soccer: Patric header seals Gamba win over battling Bellmare

Patric’s second-half header earned Gamba Osaka a much-needed three points in the J-League top flight on Sunday, as they shrugged off Shonan Bellmare 2-1 away to stay in control of the battle for a top-three berth. The Brazilian forward leaped to bury a free header in the 66th minute at BMW Stadium, where the home side recovered from a slow start and more than tested the visitors in an entertaining encounter. Gamba are second on 62 points, three points ahead of third-placed Nagoya Grampus. Archrivals Cerezo Osaka are fourth on 58 points but have a game in hand over both teams as they chase a to…

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