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Gamba Osaka exited the AFC Champions League after a 2-0 loss to the Pohang Steelers on Wednesday, while Adelaide United advanced.

Gamba Osaka exited the AFC Champions League after a 2-0 loss to the Pohang Steelers on Wednesday, while Adelaide United advanced.

J.League giants Gamba, the 2008 champions, will finish bottom of Group E after their loss at the Steelyard Stadium.

Zoran Rendulic had missed a 28th-minute penalty for the hosts, before Kim Jin-Ryung put them ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Ghanaian striker Derek Asamoah added the second on 78 minutes to end Gamba's dismal campaign and boost Pohang's chances of progressing.

Adelaide United, who lost to Gamba in the final in 2008, are through after playing out a 0-0 draw at home to Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor.

A-League champions Brisbane Roar were eliminated, suffering a 4-2 loss to Tokyo in Group F.

The Roar needed a win to stay alive and went ahead in Japan after four minutes when Besart Berisha reacted fastest to tap in after his header hit the post.

But Tokyo replied instantly with Hideto Takahashi firing home, before Kenta Mukuhara made it 2-1 after completing a fine team move.

The visitors hit back before the break as German playmaker Thomas Broich netted, but Tokyo restored their advantage through a Kazuma Watanabe penalty.

Watanabe completed his brace and ended the contest when he slid home another just after the hour-mark.

Beijing Guoan also bowed out after losing 3-2 at home to Ulsan, who are second to Tokyo in the group.

Go Seul-Ki and Kim Seung-Yong put Ulsan 2-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes, but Guoan responded shortly after the break when Zhang Xizhe scored.

But Maranhao, who had missed a penalty, sealed the points for Ulsan with their third on 79 minutes.

Beijing substitute Reinaldo was given a straight red card on 87 minutes, before Shao Jiayi netted a late consolation.

In Group B, Mohamed Abosaban's late winner sealed top spot for Al Ittihad with a 2-1 win at Pakhtakor, who finished the encounter with 10 men after Yegor Krimets was sent off.

Baniyas moved into second with a 4-0 thrashing of Al Arabi.Al Jazira will finish top of Group A after Ricardo Oliveira's first-half hat-trick helped them to a 4-1 win over Nasaf, while Esteghlal beat Al Rayyan 3-0.