Gamba eliminated from ACL after home loss

Gamba eliminated from ACL after home loss

Gamba Osaka became the first J.League club eliminated from the 2016 AFC Champions League on Tuesday night following their 2-1 loss to Suwon Bluewings.

The hosts had a chance to take late in the first half, but Takashi Usami saw two penalty kicks blocked by No Dong-geon after the referee called for a retake.

Brazilian midfielder Santos Junior put Bluewings on the scoreboard in the 49th minute, then doubled the team’s lead with a successful penalty kick of his own shortly before the hour mark.

A late Yasuyuki Konno goal was not enough to prevent Gamba’s first group stage exit since 2012; they will travel to face Melbourne Victory in the final match of the round on May 3.