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Gamba coach Nishino admitted to almost subbing hat-trick hero Leandro

Gamba Osaka coach Akira Nishino admitted he thought about taking Leandro off the pitch when the score was 1-0 in the Japanese club'2 4-2 ACL victory over FC Seoul.

The Brazilian managed a hat-trick with just a 20 minute gap between his first and third goals but it wasn't long before he struck that Nishino considered removing him.

"He hasn't been in the best of shape and I did think about a substitution," he said.

"But he looked dangerous in the first half and I told him to do his best in the second-half."

Nishino also admitted that the scoreline could have gone either way.

"We won 4-2 but it wouldn't have been strange if it had been the opposite scoreline," he added.

"We expected a tough game. Seoul attack quickly and are technically very good. The reason we were able to win was that we were able to break through their defence in the second-half."

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