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2008 AFC Champions League Final

2008 AFC Champions League Final
Event 2008 AFC Champions League
First leg
Date 5 November, 2008
Venue Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita, Osaka
Referee Malik Abdul Bashir
Attendance 20,639
Weather Clear
17 °C (63 °F)[1]
Second leg
Date 12 November, 2008
Venue Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Referee Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh
Attendance 17,000
Weather Clear
28 °C (82 °F)[2]

The 2008 AFC Champions League Final was a two-legged football tie to determine the 2008 champions of Asian club football. Gamba Osaka defeated Adelaide United 5-0 on aggregate to take the title. The first leg took place on 5 November 2008 at 19:00 local time (UTC+9) at Osaka Expo '70 Stadium in Osaka and the second leg took place on 12 November 2008 at 19:30 local time (UTC+10:30) at Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide.

This was the first final to feature a club from Australia and the second season in a row that a Japanese club has made it this far. The winners, Gamba Osaka, received US$600,000 prize money and qualified to represent Asia in the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup where they were defeated at the semi final stage by the European champions. Despite losing this final, Adelaide United also qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup by replacing the host country berth, which was provisionally reserved for the J. League champions, and were defeated once against by Gamba Osaka at the Quarter Final stage.

Format

The rules for the final were exactly the same as for the previous knockout rounds. The tie was contested over two legs with away goals deciding the winner if the two teams were level on goals after the second leg. If the teams could still not be separated at that stage then extra time would have been played with a penalty shootout taking place if the teams were still level after that.

Route to the final

Adelaide United

Opponents Round H/A Score1 Adelaide United goalscorers
Pohang Steelers Group Stage A 2–0 Robert Cornthwaite, Bruce Djite
Changchun Yatai Group Stage H 0–0
Bình Dương Group Stage A 2–1 Diego, Richie Alagich
Bình Dương Group Stage H 4–1 Lucas Pantelis, Travis Dodd (2), Diego
Pohang Steelers Group Stage H 1–0 Diego
Changchun Yatai Group Stage A 0–0
Kashima Antlers Quarter Final, Leg 1 A 1–1 Travis Dodd
Kashima Antlers Quarter Final, Leg 2 H 1–0 Robert Cornthwaite
Bunyodkor Semi Final, Leg 1 H 3–0 Diego, Fabian Barbiero, Cristiano
Bunyodkor Semi Final, Leg 2 A 0–1

1Adelaide United's goals always recorded first.

Gamba Osaka

Opponents Round H/A Score1 Gamba Osaka goalscorers
Chonburi Group Stage H 1–1 Lucas
Chunnam Dragons Group Stage A 4–3 Takahiro Futagawa, Ryuji Bando (2), Michihiro Yasuda
Melbourne Victory Group Stage A 4–3 Takahiro Futagawa, Baré, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Lucas
Melbourne Victory Group Stage H 2–0 Masato Yamazaki (2)
Chonburi Group Stage A 2–0 Masato Yamazaki, Lucas
Chunnam Dragons Group Stage H 1–1 Takahiro Futagawa
Al-Karamah Quarter Final, Leg 1 A 2–1 Satoshi Yamaguchi, Masato Yamazaki
Al-Karamah Quarter Final, Leg 2 H 2–0 Masato Yamazaki, Roni
Urawa Red Diamonds Semi Final, Leg 1 H 1–1 Yasuhito Endo
Urawa Red Diamonds Semi Final, Leg 2 A 3–1 Satoshi Yamaguchi, Tomokazu Myojin, Yasuhito Endo

1Gamba Osaka's goals always recorded first.

Pre-final buildup

Adelaide United considered applying for permission to play their home leg in a stadium larger than Hindmarsh such as Adelaide Oval or AAMI Stadium but the club eventually decided that it would not be right to play such a big match away from their traditional home despite its smaller capacity.[3]

Final summary

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gamba Osaka 5–0 Adelaide United 3–0 2–0

First leg

5 November 2008
19:00 (UTC+9)
Gamba Osaka 3 – 0 Adelaide United
Lucas Goal 37'
Endo Goal 43'
Yasuda Goal 68'
Report
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Osaka
Attendance: 20,639
Referee: Malik Abdul Bashir (Singapore)
Gamba Osaka
Adelaide United
GAMBA OSAKA:
GK 22 Yosuke Fujigaya
DF 2 Sota Nakazawa
DF 5 Satoshi Yamaguchi (c)
DF 21 Akira Kaji
MF 7 Yasuhito Endo
MF 10 Takahiro Futagawa
MF 13 Michihiro Yasuda Substituted off 75'
MF 16 Hayato Sasaki Substituted off 69'
MF 17 Tomokazu Myojin Substituted off 64'
MF 27 Hideo Hashimoto
FW 9 Lucas
Substitutes:
GK 1 Naoki Matsuyo
DF 3 Mineiro
DF 6 Yohei Fukumoto
DF 19 Takumi Shimohira Substituted in 75'
FW 11 Ryuji Bando
FW 18 Roni Substituted in 69'
FW 30 Masato Yamazaki Substituted in 64'
Manager:
Akira Nishino
ADELAIDE UNITED:
GK 30 Eugene Galeković Booked 90'
DF 4 Angelo Costanzo Booked 41'
DF 6 Cássio Substituted off 84'
DF 14 Scott Jamieson
DF 18 Robert Cornthwaite
DF 19 Sasa Ognenovski
MF 7 Lucas Pantelis Substituted off 73'
MF 8 Kristian Sarkies Booked 35' 
MF 13 Travis Dodd (c)
MF 22 Diego Walsh
FW 10 Cristiano
Substitutes:
GK 20 Mark Birighitti
DF 5 Michael Valkanis
MF 21 Jason Spagnuolo Substituted in 73'
MF 24 Paul Reid
MF 26 Fabian Barbiero
FW 25 Robert Younis Substituted in 84'
Manager:
Aurelio Vidmar

Second leg

12 November 2008
19:30 (UTC+10:30)
Adelaide United 0 – 2 Gamba Osaka
Lucas Goal 4'15'
Adelaide United
Gamba Osaka
ADELAIDE UNITED:
GK 20 Mark Birighitti
DF 5 Michael Valkanis Booked 41'
DF 6 Cássio
DF 14 Scott Jamieson
DF 18 Robert Cornthwaite
DF 19 Sasa Ognenovski
MF 8 Kristian Sarkies  Substituted off 58'
MF 13 Travis Dodd (c)
MF 22 Diego Walsh Substituted off 69'
MF 24 Paul Reid
FW 10 Cristiano Booked 37' Substituted off 69'
Substitutes:
MF 7 Lucas Pantelis Substituted in 69'
MF 21 Jason Spagnuolo Substituted in 58'
MF 26 Fabian Barbiero
MF 27 Matthew Mullen
FW 25 Robert Younis Substituted in 69'
Manager:
Aurelio Vidmar
GAMBA OSAKA:
GK 22 Yosuke Fujigaya
DF 2 Sota Nakazawa
DF 5 Satoshi Yamaguchi (c)
DF 21 Akira Kaji
MF 7 Yasuhito Endo Booked 68'
MF 10 Takahiro Futagawa
MF 13 Michihiro Yasuda Substituted off 64'
MF 16 Hayato Sasaki Substituted off 58'
MF 17 Tomokazu Myojin Substituted off 81'
MF 27 Hideo Hashimoto
FW 9 Lucas
Substitutes:
GK 1 Naoki Matsuyo
DF 3 Mineiro
DF 6 Yohei Fukumoto
DF 19 Takumi Shimohira Booked 83' Substituted in 64'
FW 11 Ryuji Bando Substituted in 81'
FW 18 Roni
FW 30 Masato Yamazaki Substituted in 58'
Manager:
Akira Nishino

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/RJBB/2008/11/5/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  2. ^ http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/YPAD/2008/11/12/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  3. ^ "Adelaide toasted by Oz media". the-afc.com. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 

External links

  • AFC Champions League
  • Adelaide United Official Website
  • Gamba Osaka Official Website
  • (Japanese) Gamba Osaka Official Website
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