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Gamba Osaka too good for Adelaide United

Gamba Osaka has been crowned the Champion of Asia after defeating Adelaide United in the ACL final. After winning the first leg at home, Gamba travelled to Adelaide and got the job done once again, this time winning 2-0 (for an aggregate of 5-0).

Gamba's Brazilian striker Lucas ended Adelaide's dream when he netted in both the 4th and 14th minutes, giving the home side no chance to recover.

Adelaide coach Aurelio Vidmar was proud of the way his side played but extremely respectful of how the Japanese club went about their business.

"They're a very good side, a classy side and it was a real dagger to the heart after four minutes so it made it absolutely impossible after that," the United Coach stated after the match.

"But full credit to our players as well in that second half. Down and out, they still went out there and played with a lot of pride and a lot of passion and I think that's extremely important.

"We were probably underdogs going into every game, except probably the Vietnamese game in the Group Stage, so we've done exceptionally well to get to a Final," Vidmar added.

"Obviously Gamba took the game to a different level, one that we're not used to, so that's something that we can strive for."


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