ASEAN Leagues Wrap: Madura, Bali continue perfect starts
Kuala Lumpur: Madura United and Bali United maintained their 100 percent records at the top of Indonesia’s Liga 1, while defending champions Persija Jakarta slipped into the bottom three as the domestic action in ASEAN concluded ahead of the FIFA international break.
While the leagues in Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos had already paused for the national team games, there has been plenty of action elsewhere in the region over the past seven days, so join the-AFC.com as we review the best of it.
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A late goal by Paulo Sergio saw Bali United see off defending champions Persija Jakarta 1-0 on Friday as they made it three wins from three and Persija – having picked up just a solitary point – dropped into the relegation zone in Indonesia, leading to head coach Ivan Kolev's resignation.
Madura United remain out in front on goal difference, though, after beating Borneo 3-0 three days earlier, while PSM Makassar dropped their first points of the campaign following a scoreless draw against TIRA-Persikabo.
V-League 1 leaders Ho Chi Minh City lost only their second game of the season, going down 2-0 against Da Nang on Thursday, yet Hanoi FC were unable to take full advantage after the AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal semi-finalists could only manage a scoreless draw with Hoang Anh Gia Lai a day later.
Quang Nam moved off the bottom following a 3-0 victory over Hai Phong as Sanna Khanh Hoa dropped to last place after going down 1-0 against Becamex Binh Duong.
Thai League 1 front-runners Port FC extended their lead to five points at the top of the standings after a 3-1 victory over Chiangmai last Wednesday, with second-placed Buriram United losing 2-1 to Chainat Hornbill before drawing one of their two games in hand – 1-1 against Sukhothai – at the weekend.
Bangkok United moved into third following a 3-1 win over Chiangrai United last Wednesday while, at the other end, Muangthong United moved off the bottom last week after seeing off Sukhothai 2-0.
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After exiting the AFC Cup two weeks ago, Tampines Rovers have taken four points from six to jump to fourth in the Singapore Premier League, with last Wednesday’s 4-0 win over bottom side Young Lions the only match to be played in the past seven days.
Ceres Negros moved to familiar territory at the top of the Philippines Football League after following up a 5-0 victory against Philippine Air Force with a comprehensive 8-0 win over bottom side Global Cebu FC in which the 2019 AFC Cup’s joint-top scorer Bienvenido Maranon scored four.
Kaya FC, meanwhile, remain the only side with a 100 percent record after defeating Stallion 2-0 last Wednesday to stay just a point behind the leaders with a game in hand.
There was a shock in Cambodia as NagaWorld lost their place at the summit of the C-League following a 2-0 home loss to Boeung Ket FC on Sunday to allow Svay Rieng to move top after seeing off Viskha 5-3.
Assalam lead the way in Timor-Leste’s Liga Futebol Amedora Primeira Divisao after a 3-0 win over bottom side Atletico Ultramar last weekend saw them leapfrog Lalenok United, who suffered a 3-2 defeat to Karketu Dili.
Photo: Madura United
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