ASEAN & East Domestic Wrap: WSW claim Sydney bragging rights
Kuala Lumpur: Runaway A-League leaders Sydney FC suffered just their second defeat of the season when they lost 1-0 to city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday.
In Thailand, Bangkok United and Ratchaburi set the pace as they made it four wins from four, and there was early glory for Johor Darul Ta’zim in Malaysia and Hanoi FC in Vietnam.
Elsewhere, the league campaigns got underway in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, while the action continued in Cambodia, Myanmar and Guam, so join the-AFC.com as we review a busy weekend in the ASEAN and East Zones.
Kuala Lumpur: Representatives of the East Zone Member Associations (MA) with competing teams in the AFC Champions League 2020 have agreed to extend the dates of the knock-out rounds to allow for more time to complete the disrupted Group Stage fixtures.
Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was agreed that Group matches scheduled for March and April which cannot be played, will be moved to May 19-20 - Match Day (MD3), May 26-27 (MD4), June 16-17 (MD5) and June 23-24 (MD6).
Where matches have been agreed between the two clubs, then the matches will go ahead as planned, if agreed by other stakeholders. A full list of fixtures will be confirmed between the MAs and the Clubs by March 16, 2020.
Preview MD3 - Group G: Johor Darul Ta'zim (MAS) vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings (KOR)
Iskandar Puteri: Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) get set to kick off a new era in the club's history with their first AFC Champions League tie in the new Sultan Ibrahim Stadium when they host Korea Republic's Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Johor on Tuesday.
Both sides have suffered defeats to Japan’s Vissel Kobe in their opening Group G ties, with JDT going down 5-1 on the opening day and Suwon conceding late to lose 1-0 two weeks ago.
Safawi excited for ACL2020 opener at "perfect" stadium
Johor: Star forward Safawi Rasid is raring to go ahead of Johor Darul Ta'zim's first AFC Champions League tie at the new Sultan Ibrahim Stadium when they host Korea Republic's Suwon Samsung Bluewings on Tuesday.
Opened on February 22, and having hosted its inaugural opener in the Charity Shield last Friday, the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium is set to appear on the grandest stage in Asia when the AFC Champions League welcomes its newest venue with an intriguing Group G clash between the Malaysian champions and the Korean FA Cup winners.
Ahead of the match, the-AFC.com spoke exclusively to exciting 22-year-old talent Safawi to get his view on Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT)'s new home, the upcoming game against Suwon, and his experiences facing off against Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.