Argentinian giants River Plate won the 2015 Suruga Bank Championship with a crushing 3-0 victory over the Japanese treble winners Gamba Osaka on Tuesday.
Uruguayan midfielder Carlos Sanchez struck the first goal for the Copa Libertadores champions at the Expo ’70 Commemorative Stadium in the eighth minute game through penalty.
The visitors made the score 2-0 in the 31st minute when Gabriel Mercado nodded in from a corner, before extending their lead one minute past the hour following Gonzalo Martinez’s effort.
“We weren’t accurate enough in front of goal and we made too many easy mistakes,” Gamba captain Yasuhito Endo said was quoted by Kyodo. “Had we done those two things better, it would have been a much closer contest.
“We need to forget about this and move on. There’s still plenty of the season left to be played and we have to keep marching toward our goal of becoming Asian champions.”
Suruga Bank Championship is a club football match between between the winners of J-League Cup and South American’s Copa Sudamericana.