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Sriwijaya 0-3 Gamba Osaka

26 April 2009 No Comment

Source: www.the-afc.com

Gamba Osaka coach Akira Nishino felt that the reigning ACL champions’ 3-0 away win over Sriwijaya which sealed their place in the last 16 was not as easy as the score line suggests.

As expected, the Japanese side secured their fourth straight victory in Group F by beating a team that has yet to manage a point in the competition.

But it was by no means an easy win for Gamba, who were given a battle by the Indonesian side at Jaka Baring Stadium before Leandro opened the scoring on the half-hour mark.

Hayato Sasaki added a second on the stroke of half-time before substitute Cho Jae-jin struck to make it 3-0 15 minutes from time.

“Sriwijaya have proven that they are not easy to beat at home, regardless of the score line,” said Nishino.

“They made some chances and were threatening for a while but once we solved their offside trap and scored the opener, everything became easier for us.”

With third-placed FC Seoul held to a 1-1 draw by Shandong Luneng, Gamba are through to the last 16 with two games to spare.

However, Nishino knows that the job is only half done as his team seek to retain the AFC Champions League title that they won with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Adelaide United in last year’s final.

Sriwijaya coach Rahmad Darmawan felt that defeat was no disgrace against a team that has won its last seven games in the AFC Champions League and has not been beaten in the competition during the past two seasons.

“We must come to a realisation that we have been beaten by a better team and that’s all I can say about the game tonight,” he said.

“We salute the Gamba team and it showed from their performance why they are the defending champions.”

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