East Asia Wrap: Kyoto survive in Japan; New leaders in China PR
Hong Kong: Kyoto Sanga will play in the J1 League again next season despite finishing third from bottom in the Japanese top division after they held J2 League challengers Roasso Kumamoto to a 1-1 draw in the relegation playoff final on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Super League has a new leader for the first time since June as defending champions Shandong Taishan ousted Wuhan Three Towns from the top position over the weekend after the long-term occupants fell to their second defeat in four matches.
There were also matches in Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review all the action from around East Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Marinos triumph in Japan; Top two inseparable in China PR
Hong Kong: Yokohama F. Marinos lifted their first J1 League trophy since 2019 on Saturday by overcoming Vissel Kobe 3-1 while Kawasaki Frontale’s efforts to claim a hat-trick of league titles in Japan ended despite a victory as plenty was up for grabs on an exhilarating final matchday.
Meanwhile, the two-horse race for the league title in China PR continues to heat up as contenders Wuhan Three Towns and Shandong Taishan both posted resounding victories, leaving the duo tied on points at the top of the Chinese Super League.
There were also matches in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review all of the action from across East Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Jeonbuk taste FA Cup glory; J1 League title race goes down to the wire
Hong Kong: Modou Barrow and Cho Gue-sung were the heroes as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors lifted the Korean FA Cup title with a 5-3 aggregate win over FC Seoul on Sunday while a last-gasp extra-time goal from Oh Hyeon-gyu helped Suwon Samsung Bluewings avoid relegation in Korea Republic.
In Japan, the J1 League title is to be decided on the closing day of the season after leaders Yokohama F. Marinos and defending champions Kawasaki Frontale registered wins on Saturday to keep the difference between them at just two points.
There were also league fixtures in China PR, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we recap all of last week’s action from across East Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Redemption for Sanfrecce; Bluewings face relegation battle
Hong Kong: Cypriot attacker Pieros Sotiriou came off the bench to score twice in stoppage time as Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Cerezo Osaka 2-1 to lift their maiden J.League Cup in Japan – a feat that erased some of the pain of last week's Emperor’s Cup final defeat to Ventforet Kofu.
In Korea Republic, four-time domestic champions Suwon Samsung Bluewings are at real risk of dropping down a division after they, along with Gimcheon Sangmu, were confined to the relegation playoffs following the final round of fixtures in K League 1.
Elsewhere, there were games in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from around East Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Ulsan champions of Korea Republic; Second-tier Ventforet taste cup glory in Japan
Hong Kong: It was an eventful week in East Asian football as Ulsan Hyundai secured their first K League 1 title since 2005 on Sunday and at the same time ended nine-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ hopes of claiming a sixth consecutive league trophy in Korea Republic.
In Japan, Ventforet Kofu, a club languishing in 18th position of the 22-team second division, were crowned the champions of the Emperor’s Cup after stunning high-flying J1 League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima on penalties to also advance to the 2023-24 AFC Champions League group stage.
There were also plenty of goals to talk about from the domestic leagues in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review all of last week’s action from across East Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Ulsan defeat Jeonbuk to close in on title; leaders Marinos beaten
Hong Kong: After going so close, yet so far during the last few years, it finally looks like Ulsan Hyundai’s season in Korea Republic as a last-gasp 2-1 win over defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors has them just one win away from a first K League 1 title since 2005.
In Japan, leaders Yokohama F. Marinos stumbled to a 2-0 defeat to struggling Gamba Osaka whose survival hopes received a major boost, while reigning champions Kawasaki Frontale won to close the gap at the top to five points with three games left to play.
Table-toppers Wuhan Three Towns opened up a three-point lead in China PR after title rivals Shandong Taishan dropped points against Beijing FC, and there were also matches in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at last week’s action from across East Asia.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong downed Myanmar 2-0 on Wednesday in a closed door international friendly to win their first game on home soil in almost three years, with two goals in a minute in the first half earning Jorn Andersen’s AFC Asian Cup 2023™-bound side victory at Mongkok Stadium.
Hong Kong had not played at home since a 2-0 victory over Cambodia in the opening round of Asia’s preliminaries for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 in November 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but made light work of their visitors.