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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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.
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.
Amman: Al Jazeera coach Chiheb Ellili believes his side has a major responsibility to the people of Jordan as they prepare to host Lebanon’s Al Ahed FC in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup West Zonal Final.
Al Jazeera reached the same stage of the competition in 2018 before losing out to Iraq’s Air Force Club – defeat which dashed Jordanian hopes of the nation claiming a first AFC Cup title since Shabab Al Ordon’s triumph in 2007.
However, having successfully guided his side past former champions Kuwait SC and Al Ittihad in the group stage and then Syria’s Al Jaish in the Zonal Semi-finals, Ellili is adamant that Al Jazeera are more motivated than ever to claim this year’s Continental crown.