ASEAN Wrap: Bangkok win Champions Cup; Cong retake lead in Vietnam
Kuala Lumpur: Bangkok United kicked off the new season in Thailand in style as they defeated last season’s treble winners Buriram United 2-0 to win their maiden Thailand Champions Cup at Rajamangala Stadium on Saturday in their first-ever appearance in the competition.
The title race in Vietnam is heading for an exciting conclusion as Cong An Hanoi overcame Hanoi FC 2-1 in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday to take a two-point lead while Viettel, in third position, are also two points behind the leaders with two matches remaining of the season.
In Singapore, Albirex Niigata (S) are one win away from retaining their league title after Seia Kunori’s four goals helped them beat Geylang International 6-1 while matches also took place in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from ASEAN.
East Asia Wrap: Top two level in Japan; Port extend lead
Hong Kong: League leaders Vissel Kobe dropped points for the second game running in Japan as they were beaten 2-0 by third-from-bottom Yokohama FC on Sunday allowing defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos to tie them on points following a goalless draw against Urawa Red Diamonds.
With 10 games left of the league campaign, Shanghai Port are in the driver’s seat in China PR as they have a 14-point advantage at the top of the table after a 2-1 win over Tianjin Jinmen Tiger on Thursday while Shandong Taishan emerged as their closest challengers pipping Shanghai Shenhua to second place.
In Korea Republic, reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai shared the spoils in a goalless draw against Daegu FC on Saturday, but second-placed Pohang Steelers failed to capitalise as they dropped points against FC Seoul in a 2-2 draw on Friday, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from East Asia.
Wellington: Japan's polished performances have changed their status from darkhorses to potential FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 winners, a shift which head coach Futushi Ikeda has attributed to his players' determination to excel.
A perfect group stage campaign was followed by an impressive 3-1 win over Norway in the Round of 16 to set up a quarter-final against Sweden in Auckland on Friday.
Sweden's Musovic praises teammates, devastated Rapinoe heads home
Melbourne: Goalkeeper Zecira Musovic hailed her teammates after Sweden edged the United States on penalties to advance to the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 quarter-finals on Sunday.
The defending champions found Musovic a stumbling block in the shoot-out following a goalless stalemate over 120 minutes, with Sweden to face Japan in Auckland on Friday.