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2008 AFC Champions League Final

Event2008 AFC Champions League
Team1Gamba Osaka
Team2Adelaide United
Team1associationJP
Team2associationAU
Team1score5
Team2score0
Team1score13
Team2score10
Team1score22
Team2score20
FirstlegFirst leg
SecondlegSecond leg
Date15 November, 2008
Date212 November, 2008
Stadium1Osaka Expo '70 Stadium
Stadium2Hindmarsh Stadium
City1Suita, Osaka
City2Adelaide
Attendance120,639
Attendance217,000
Referee1Malik Abdul Bashir
Referee2Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh
Previous2007
Next2009

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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.


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