China PR to meet Japan in semis, DPR Korea, Uzbekistan set up face off
Hangzhou: Wang Shanshan’s third minute opener sent China PR on their way to a comfortable 4-0 win over Thailand at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Saturday to set up a semi-final meeting with defending champions Japan.
The Japanese stormed into the last four with an 8-1 defeat of a short-handed Philippines side while DPR Korea will meet Uzbekistan after respective victories over Korea Republic and Chinese Taipei took the pair through.
ASEAN Wrap: Sydney to meet Brisbane in final; JDT into semis
Kuala Lumpur: Patrick Wood and Joe Lolley were on the scoresheet at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Sunday as Sydney FC booked a title clash with Brisbane Roar in the Australia Cup by overcoming hosts Melbourne City 2-1 in a hard-fought semi-final.
In Malaysia, defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim remain on course to win the Malaysia Cup for a fourth time after a double from Brazilian striker Bergson and goals from Juan Munis and Fernando Forestieri on Saturday sealed a 7-1 aggregate win over Negeri Sembilan in the quarter-final.
Persib Bandung are on a six-match unbeaten run in Indonesia following a late 2-1 win against Bhayangkara FC while there were also matches taking place in Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from ASEAN.
Qualifiers Round 2 - Group A: Korea Republic, Thailand advance to Finals
Buriram: Korea Republic and Thailand booked their places in the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup™ Indonesia 2024 Finals with a match to spare on Thursday.
Korea Republic defeated Islamic Republic of Iran 8-0 while Thailand beat India 4-0 with the two to meet on Saturday to decide the Qualifiers Group A winners.
They join the three highest-seeded sides from the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 – current holders Japan, DPR Korea and China PR - and hosts Indonesia in the Finals with two more teams to be decided from Group B which is being played in Hanoi.
Group F: Lion City Sailors (SGP) 1-2 Bangkok United (THA)
Singapore: Thitiphan Puangjan’s stunning long-range strike saw Bangkok United open their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 campaign with an entertaining 2-1 victory over Singapore’s Lion City Sailors in Group F on Wednesday.
The home side opened the scoring midway through the first half through Diego Lopes but Bangkok turned the game on its head in the second half with captain Everton equalising shortly after the restart and Thitiphan firing home from distance just after the hour.
Both teams had chances in the closing stages, with Lion City seeing a goal ruled out for offside, as the Thai team held out for the three points.
Group I: Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR) 3-1 BG Pathum United (THA)
Ulsan: Martin Adam’s hat-trick saw Korea Republic champions Ulsan Hyundai kick off their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 campaign in Group I with a 3-1 win against BG Pathum United of Thailand at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium on Tuesday.
Ulsan took the lead through Adam in the 28th minute only for the visitors to equalise through Ryhan Stewart before the break. But, the 28-year-old Hungarian striker added two more in the second half to give the two-time Asian champions a winning start.