Adelaide & Gamba Osaka reach the ACL final; DC United have two goalies sent off in one game

Kuruvchi Bunyodkor 1 – Adelaide United 0 (Agg. 1-3) (Asian Champions League, October 22, 2008) Adelaide became the first Australian team to make the Asian Champions League final, despite Bahodir Pardaev’s winner for the hosts 12 minutes from time.

Urawa Red Diamonds 1 – Gamba Osaka 3 (Agg. 2-4) (Asian Champions League, October 22, 2008) Takahara put Urawa on the scoreboard in the 36th minute when he picked up a poor clearance and fired home the opener. But Gamba put in a stellar second half performance to reach the final thanks to goals from Yamaguchi, a Yamagishi own goal, and Endo.

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Joe Public 0 – Atlante 2 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 21, 2008) Ismael Valadez scored the opener for the Mexican side, before Gabriel Pereyra added the second. The result saw Joe Public eliminated from the tournament, while Atlante advance to the quarter-finals.

Cruz Azul 2 – DC United 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, October 21, 2008) Have you ever seen a game in which a team had two goalies sent off? DC United now have. After picking up an earlier booking, James Thorpe received his marching orders for alleged time-wasting (in the first-half!) after the keeper slowly switched the ball from one side of the goal to the other for a goal-kick. Vigneri scored five minutes later for Cruz’s opener to give the hosts a halftime lead. In the final stages the madness intensified, DC’s Gonzalo Martinez was grounded in the box, the ref failed to stop play and neither did the hosts, eventually creating a chance that Zeballos blasted home. An incensed Louis Crayton, the sub keeper, aggressively challenged the referee’s call for the goal, managing to talk himself into a red card.


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