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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Jubilo and Gamba play to draw

KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Pref. (Kyodo) South Korea defender Kim Jin Kyu converted two penalties to help Jubilo Iwata hold defending champions Gamba Osaka to a 2-2 draw as the J. League first division resumed Wednesday after a two-month break for the soccer World Cup.

Kim, a member of South Korea's squad in the tournament in Germany, opened the scoring with a seventh-minute spot kick and equalized for Jubilo in the 60th minute after Tsuneyasu Miyamoto and Takahiro Futagawa put Gamba 2-1 ahead with first-half strikes.

Takashi Fukunishi set up both of Kim's goals as the Japan midfielder dribbled into the penalty area and brought down first by Satoshi Yamaguchi and then by Hideto Hashimoto onto a rain-soaked pitch at Kanazawa Stadium.

Miyamoto, who came under fire for some sloppy defending in the World Cup, headed an equalizer to make it 1-1 in the 21st minute.

Futagawa then gave Gamba a halftime lead when he slid home a low left-wing cross from Akihiro Ienaga past World Cup goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi in first-half injury time.

But Gamba squandered a chance to move back into the league lead and now trail leaders Kawasaki Frontale by one point after Wednesday's match, which had been rescheduled due to Gamba's involvement in the Asian Champions League.

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