Gamba Osaka have received a by to the Knockout Stage of the J.League YBC Levain Cup following their 2017 AFC Champions League Playoff victory on Tuesday.
The 2016 runners-up join Kashima Antlers, Urawa Reds and Kawasaki Frontale in bypassing the group stage, which kicks off on March 15.
The final line-up for the group stage is as follows:
Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
Yokohama F. Marinos