Gamba Osaka crashed out of the Asian Champions League on Saturday after finishing the group stage with a 2-1 defeat to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors.
The result at Tashkent’s Bunyodkor Stadium saw Gamba finish second in Group H with two wins, three draws and one loss — seven points behind unbeaten group winner Jeonbuk.
Needing a win to reach the knockout stage as one of the best three runners-up, Gamba quickly fell behind on a penalty before equalizing early in the second half with a thumping volley from Patric.
With nine second-half shots on goal, last year’s J. League runner-up was left ruing missed opportunities after Jeonbuk substitute Modou Barrow struck the winner in the 88th minute.
Gamba, which missed several first-division games early in the season due to a coronavirus outbreak within the squad, will make up those fixtures while the rest of the league breaks for the Tokyo Olympics.
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