2008 AFC Champions League Final

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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]
2007
2009

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[edit]

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[edit]

For more details on this topic, see AFC Champions League 2008.

Adelaide United[edit]

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

1Adelaide United's goals always recorded first.

Gamba Osaka[edit]

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

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[edit]

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

First leg[edit]

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

Second leg[edit]

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

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