Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami is looking forward to his side’s AFC Champions League semi-final first leg clash against Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday.
Usami’s was suspended for the J-League side’s quarter-final victory over Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and had to watch from the stands as Koki Yonekura’s stoppage winner put them into the semi-finals, after it appeared that they would be heading out of the competition when they conceded with just two minutes left in regulation time.
In fact, Gamba’s never-say-die attitude have seen them score late, decisive goals throughout their campaign so far, with wins over Thailand’s Buriram United and Korea Republic’s Seongnam FC earlier in the tournament secured in similar fashion.
“The team is definitely in a good mood now, and we have continuously had matches where we play hard until the last minute and this has given us a lot of confidence to fight until the end,” the 23-year-old Japan international told the official AFC website.
“I was so excited when the pass from Kim Jung-ya reached Yonekura and then he went through on goal to score, but as a footballer, I wanted to be on the pitch myself.
“In the next match, I want to show how I can contribute to the team and help us go to the final.”
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