AFC Champions League: Group E Matchday Six Round-up and Results

(Highlights of the 2-0 victory versus Gamba Osaka which gave Adelaide United a home berth in the Round of 16. United will meet Group G runners-up Nagoya Grampus on 29 May in the one-off elimination match)

Having seen their interest in the 2012 AFC Champions League end following their 2-0 defeat at the Pohang Steel Yard on Matchday Five, Gamba Osaka entertained Adelaide United at the Osaka Expo ’70 Stadium with little more than their pride to play for.

Manager Masanobu Matsunami chose to field a young, experimental side in front of a crowd numbering little more than 7,000. Unfortunately for Gamba the changes failed to enliven a team which has suffered across all competitions in 2012, and they crashed to their fifth defeat in six group matches, conceding twice in the second half including an Akihiro Sato own goal while failing to score any in reply.

With the Suita side’s J.League campaign floundering it seems likely that Gamba will not appear in the 2013 tournament, and Matsunami now must endure what is likely to be a very difficult Matchday Twelve fixture against a revitalised Yokohama F-Marinos at the Nissan Stadium.

Adelaide United, who needed to take all three points to be assured of topping Group E, will host Nagoya Grampus at the Hindmarch Stadium on 29 May for a place in the quarter-finals.

Group E

Gamba Osaka Small Gamba Osaka 0 Adelaide United
Van Dijk 65′
Sato 87′ (O.G.)
FC Bunyodkor
Gafurov 48′
1 Pohang Steelers 0
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Adelaide United 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 13
2 Bunyodkor 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
3 Pohang Steelers 6 3 0 3 6 4 +2 9
4 Gamba Osaka 6 1 0 5 5 13 -8 3

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