Japanese side Gamba Osaka proved too strong for Adelaide United, running out 3-0 winners in the opening match of Group H in the Asian Champions League at Coopers Stadium on Wednesday night.
Against the club they lost the 2008 Champions League final to, Adelaide struggled from early on in front of just more than 5,000 fans.
Gamba showed their tactical nous and created plenty of problems for United as they switched their formations in defence in attack.
The Reds struggled to contain the visitors...
Johor Darul Ta'zim earned plaudits from their Crown Prince owner Tunku Sultan Ismail, who says JDT are moving in the right direction, despite the 3-0 loss to a classy Gamba Osaka to in Asian Champions League (ACL) playoff on Tuesday.
"Obviously we will keep fighting for the ACL qualifiers, but to play against a team like Gamba Osaka and to see that the players are playing the football that we demand from JDT, it's an honour to me," said the royalty, also known as TMJ, via the club's Southern Tigers...
Johor Darul Ta'zim missed out on qualification for the AFC Champions League after 2008 winners Gamba Osaka brushed them aside 3-0 in a playoff in Japan on Tuesday night.
It means that the Malaysia Super League champions will play in the AFC Cup in 2017.
Brazilian striker Ademilson and Shun Nagasawa netted two quickfire goals for the J-League giants in the first half before Genta Miura completed the rout after the break.
Without their suspended Argentine forward Jeronimo Barrales, JDT coach Benjamin...