2008 AFC Champions League Final
|Event||2008 AFC Champions League|
|Date||5 November 2008|
|Venue||Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita, Osaka|
|Referee||Malik Abdul Bashir|
17 °C (63 °F)
|Date||12 November 2008|
|Venue||Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide|
|Referee||Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh|
28 °C (82 °F)
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 again by Gamba Osaka at the Quarter Final stage.
The rules for the final were exactly the same as for the previous knockout rounds. The tie was contested over two legs with away goals deciding the winner if the two teams were level on goals after the second leg. If the teams could still not be separated at that stage then extra time would have been played with a penalty shootout taking place if the teams were still level after that.
Route to the final
Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).
|Gamba Osaka||Round||Adelaide United|
|Chonburi||1–1 (H)||Matchday 1||Pohang Steelers||2–0 (A)|
|Chunnam Dragons||4–3 (A)||Matchday 2||Changchun Yatai||0–0 (H)|
|Melbourne Victory||4–3 (A)||Matchday 3||Bình Dương||2–1 (A)|
|Melbourne Victory||2–0 (H)||Matchday 4||Bình Dương||4–1 (H)|
|Chonburi||2–0 (A)||Matchday 5||Pohang Steelers||1–0 (H)|
|Chunnam Dragons||1–1 (H)||Matchday 6||Changchun Yatai||0–0 (A)|
|Group G winner
|Final standings||Group E winner
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Knock-out stage||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Al-Karamah||4–1||2–1 (A)||2–0 (H)||Quarter-finals||Kashima Antlers||2–1||1–1 (A)||1–0 (H)|
|Urawa Red Diamonds||4–2||1–1 (H)||3–1 (A)||Semi-finals||Bunyodkor||2–1||3–0 (H)||0–1 (A)|
Adelaide United considered applying for permission to play their home leg in a stadium larger than Hindmarsh such as Adelaide Oval or AAMI Stadium but the club eventually decided that it would not be right to play such a big match away from their traditional home despite its smaller capacity.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Gamba Osaka||5–0||Adelaide United||3–0||2–0|
5 November 2008
|Gamba Osaka||3 – 0||Adelaide United|
| Lucas 37'
12 November 2008
|Adelaide United||0 – 2||Gamba Osaka|
|Lucas 4', 15'|
- "Adelaide toasted by Oz media". the-afc.com. 2008-10-23. Archived from the original on 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- AFC Champions League
- Adelaide United Official Website
- Gamba Osaka Official Website
- (Japanese) Gamba Osaka Official Website