JETS BOW OUT OF ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The Newcastle Jets are out of the Asian Champions League – beaten 4-1 by titleholders, Kashima Antlers, in their final qualifying match last night.

Ronald Vargas equalised for the visitors before the J-League club outgunned the Jets.

Newcastle is still in A-League finals contention – it needs a win against Adelaide on Sunday.

And that match is now the priority for the Jets.

Ernie Merrick admits the busy schedule has taken a toll on the side, describing Kashima as “a far superior team” which will go close to defending its title.

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