ASEAN Domestic Wrap: Hanoi crowned champions, Buriram United move top
Kuala Lumpur: AFC Cup Inter-Zone finalists Hanoi FC were crowned Vietnam's league champions, while Buriram United moved to the top of Thai League 1 in the latest round of action in the ASEAN region.
Elsewhere, the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals got underway while the title races in Indonesia and Philippines continued to heat up. For that, and much more, here’s the-AFC.com’s round-up of the latest rounds of fixtures in Southeast Asia.
Hanoi: Nguyen Van Quyet has admitted that Hanoi FC are aiming to end the season with three trophies as the Vietnamese side prepare to take on DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final on Wednesday.
Hanoi were crowned V.League champions last Thursday and they are just two games away from the AFC Cup Final, while the capital city club will face Ho Chi Minh City FC in the Vietnamese Cup semi-finals in late October.
Their first task will be to overcome 4.25, with the first meeting to take place at Hang Day Stadium ahead of a potentially tricky reverse fixture in Pyongyang, where their opponents boast a 100 percent record in the 2019 campaign.
East Asia Domestic Wrap: Beijing gain ground on Guangzhou
Kuala Lumpur: Having threatened to pull away from the chasing pack, Guangzhou Evergrande are back in a battle for the title after a surprise defeat to Wuhan Zall.
There were no league matches in Japan or Hong Kong, but there was some intriguing action in Korea Republic, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei as their respective championships begin to enter the final straits of their seasons.
Kuala Lumpur: Vietnam’s Hanoi FC and 4.25 SC of DPR Korea will square off in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final on Wednesday with both sides aiming to advance to the showpiece event for the first time.
In what will be the first-ever meeting between the pair, there is set to be plenty of attacking talent on display and the-AFC.com has selected four players who could inspire their team to the final.
West Asia Domestic Wrap: Al Hilal down Al Ittihad again
Jeddah: Just days after their 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finals, Riyadh giants Al Hilal SFC confirmed their superiority over Al Ittihad when the two sides met in the Saudi Pro League League on Friday.
Sharjah, meanwhile, kicked off their defence of the UAE Pro League on a winning note while Al Arabi and Al Gharafa continue to sit on top of the Qatar Stars League.
Last weekend also saw the Lebanon and Bahrain seasons kicking off. the-AFC.com reviews the domestic action in West Asia.
Central Asian Domestic Wrap: Persepolis win derby, titles decided in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan
Tehran: A late Mehdi Abdi goal helped Persepolis win the first Tehran derby of the new season in Islamic Republic of Iran, while FC Pakhtakor became champions of Uzbekistan in a significant week of Central Asian action.
Afghanistan’s Toofan Harirod also sealed a national title, while defending champions FC Dordoi racked up eight goals in their Kyrgyz Premier League clash.
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Kuala Lumpur: Since its introduction in 2017, the AFC Cup has seen some classic Inter-Zone Final encounters and on Wednesday another exciting chapter is set to be added when Vietnam's Hanoi FC host DPR Korea's 4.25 SC in the first leg at Hang Day Stadium.
After seven months of action, the 2019 AFC Cup has come down to the penultimate hurdle for the teams from the Central, South, ASEAN and East Asia regions: the Inter-Zone Final.
Hanoi FC, the ASEAN Zonal champions, will face off against East Zonal winners 4.25 SC to decide who will go on to face the West Zonal winners at the 2019 AFC Cup Final on November 2.