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Brisbane Roar's Asian Champions League campaign over

Back-to-back A-League champions Brisbane Roar were essentially eliminated from the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Queensland club, under the guidance of new coach Rado Vidosic for the first time since Ange Postecoglou's departure, were beaten 4-2 by FC Tokyo in Japan which forced them to the bottom of Group F with just two points from five matches.

Despite Besart Berisha scoring in the fourth minute, Brisbane found themselves 3-2 at half-time as Hideto Takahashi, Kenta Mukuhara and Kazuma Watanabe all getting on the scoresheet as well as Thomas Broich who struck in the 33rd minute.

With the game still in the balance in the second half, the Roar's hopes were dashed when Watanabe added to his first-half penalty with a 60th minute finish to give the home side a two-goal advantage which in the end was enough to record maximum points.

Tokyo retained top spot in the group to book a berth in the knockout phase of the competition whilst second-placed Ulsan Hyundai also moved into the next stage courtesy of a 3-2 win at Beijing Guoan.

Brisbane and Beijing will now battle for third when they meet at Suncorp Stadium on May 16 which will be the same date that Ulsan host Tokyo for the chance to finish top.

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