OSAKA, Japan (AFP) - Brazilian striker Lucas rescued Japan's Gamba Osaka with an equaliser in injury time to draw 1-1 with Thai champions Chonburi FC in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.
With about 30 seconds left in injury time, Lucas finally struck home off a rebound to give the home fans something to cheer about.
The Thai premier league champions had opened the scoring in the 59th minute after overcoming prolonged pressure from the Japanese side.
Cameroon forward Stephane Baga, who replaced skipper Pipop On-Mo in the 54th minute, dribbled into the Osaka area and hit a shot.
It struck a defender but midfielder Arthit Sunthornpit sank the rebound for the first goal of the match.
"It's a shame," said Osaka captain Satoshi Yamaguchi. "We planned to play aggressively to win the game and we couldn't. I was very disappointed. It's our fault that we couldn't win."
Japan international midfielder Yasuhito Endo also appeared disappointed.
"We needed three points from a win. It was a disappointing result. It was our mistake that we couldn't break through the defensive opponent. But it was good to draw even. We have five more games to go," said Endo.
Osaka controlled the game with their passing and repeatedly threatened the Thai goal mouth, while the defensive visitors rarely had a chance to attack.
Brazilian Bare jumped for a header on a Takahiro Futagawa cross, only to see the ball hit the bar in the 12th minute.
Six minutes later, only the fine reflexes of 'keeper Kosin Hathairattanakool saved an Endo shot from a free kick which seemed headed into the Thai goal.
At the end of the first half, Bare and Shinichi Terada powered their way into the area, but were stopped by defender Nattapong Samana.
Osaka continued to dominate after the break but missed several further shots at the Thai goal.
Osaka next fly to South Korea to play Chunnam Dragons, while Chonburi take on Melbourne Victory at home, both on March 19.
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