(Adelaide United defeat Gamba Osaka 2-0 on 20 March in the 2012 AFC Champions League Group C game. Goals from Daniel Mullen gave the Australian team all three points, a result which left Gamba at the bottom of the table after two consecutive defeats)
Tadanari Lee’s season at English nPower Championship title contenders Southampton is over after ligament damage in his right leg, reports the Asahi Shimbun. The Samurai Blue, who transferred to the Saints at the end of January 2012, was initially expected to be absent for only one week after initial scans found no major problems from the training ground injury, but further assessments revealed significant problems and the decision was taken to undergo surgery. Lee’s recovery is anticipated to be between four and six months, meaning he stands to miss several AFC Group B qualification matches in Japan’s quest to qualify for Brazil 2014.
The Japan Football Association has announced the dates and venues for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun. The tournament, which changed venue twice before FIFA settled on Japan, kicks off in Miyagi on 19 August, with matches scheduled to take place at the Komaba Stadium in Saitama, Hiroshima’s Big Arch and the Kobe Univer Stadium, before the National Stadium in Tokyo takes centre-stage for the semi-finals onwards. The final and third place match end the tournament on 8 September. Full details can be found on the official tournament website.
And finally, the Sankei Shimbun confirms that Gamba Osaka manager Masanobu Matsunami is looking to take all three points in Tuesday’s 2012 AFC Champions League Group E match against Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor at the Osaka Expo ’70 Stadium. Gamba’s attempt to qualify for the knock-out stages of the tournament began dreadfully with two defeats to leave them bottle of the table, but with four matches remaining and just three points separating second and fourth, Matsunami knows reaching the Round of 16 is not out of reach.