Central Coast Mariners' AFC Champions League campaign is over after a 3-0 away loss to Nagoya Grampus on Tuesday night.
The Mariners needed a win to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament, but fell short after Japanese internationals Keiji Tamada and Jungo Fujimoto netted in the first-half, before Marcus Tulio Tanaka's late sealer.
The visitor showed promise throughout and perhaps should have made more of its early dominance of possession in each stanza.
Ultimately though, the A-League Premier was outclassed by its J.League counterpart, who started the match with six former or current Japan internationals.
One of those, 72-time capped Tamada, opened the scoring on 19 minutes with a free-kick from close range, Mariners goalkeeper Matt Ryan left frustrated by a glaring gap in his team's defensive wall.
The visitor came close to restoring parity moments later when Patrick Zwaanswijk's fierce free-kick was parried into the path of Michael McGlinchey, who forced a corner with his follow up.
Nagoya's second goal was sheer class.
Fujimoto ran onto an expert through ball and produced an equally clinical chip, with Ryan bearing down, to double the host's advantage.
Despite being short of match practice - having not played a competitive fixture in two weeks - the Mariners started the second-half in dynamic fashion.
Standout Central Coast midfielder Tom Rogic was twice denied in quick succession, first by defender Hayuma Tanaka's last ditch tackle and second by the fingertips of Nagoya stopper Seigo Narazaki.
Rogic's overall performance was a positive side note for the visitor, the 19-year-old producing another promising display well beyond his years.
Flamboyant defender Tanaka added a third for Nagoya with a close range header only minutes from time, ensuring that the Mariners' attention would now turn to preparing for the 2012/13 A-League season.