ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: Phnom Penh champions of Cambodia; Three Towns extend lead in China PR
Hong Kong: Phnom Penh Crown emerged the league champions for a record eighth time by defeating Boeung Ket 5-0 on a thrilling final day of the Cambodian Premier League season after three teams went into it with a chance to clinch the title.
In China PR, Brazilian striker Marcao scored a league-leading 23rd goal of the campaign as Wuhan Three Towns established a three-point lead at the top of the Chinese Super League following a 4-0 win over Cangzhou Mighty Lions on Sunday.
Kitchee SC are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in Hong Kong after overcoming Sham Shui Po while Southern reduced the deficit to leaders Lee Man to two points in the league.
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Al Wakrah: Yuto Nagatomo has called on his Japanese teammates to show their samurai spirit when they take on Croatia for a place in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at the Al Janoub Stadium on Monday.
Japan will be looking to secure a spot in the last eight for the first time in the nation’s history, with memories still fresh of the heart-breaking injury time defeat to Belgium at the same stage of the competition in Russia four years ago.
Doha: Korea Republic head coach Paulo Bento bemoaned fixture congestion ahead of his side’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 clash against Brazil on Monday.
The Taeguk Warriors had sealed qualification to the second round after a gruelling 2-1 comeback on Friday against Bento’s native Portugal, thanks to Kim Young-gwon’s first-half strike and Hwang Hee-chan’s added time winner.
Al Rayyan: Australia head coach Graham Arnold left the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Saturday calling for greater investment in the sport in the country having seen his Socceroos knocked out by Lionel Messi’s Argentina at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Messi scored the opener as the Copa America champions won 2-1 with Julian Alvarez capitalising on an error by Maty Ryan to double the lead before Craig Goodwin’s shot was redirected into his own net by Enzo Fernandez to give the Australians a sliver of hope.
That goal set up a grandstand finish that saw Aziz Behich and Garang Kuol denied late opportunities to equalise and take the game into extra-time as the Argentinians moved through to a quarter-final meeting with the Netherlands on Friday.
Doha: Kylian Mbappe said on Sunday he dreamed of winning the FIFA World Cup for a second time after his brace helped France to a 3-1 win over Poland which advanced the holders to the quarter-finals in Qatar 2022.
"Of course, this World Cup is an obsession for me, it's the competition of my dreams," said the 23-year-old who burst onto the global stage by starring when France won the title in Russia four years ago."