Central & South Asia Wrap: Abdish Ata-Kant close in on title, Hyderabad take pole in ISL
Mumbai: Persepolis continue to set the pace in the Iran Pro League after winning their sixth match of the season, while Abdish Ata-Kant are closing in on their first Kyrgyz Premier League title, with the Tajik League also entering its Championship Round.
In the South region, Hyderabad FC are ahead in the Indian Super League, while the Bhutan National League continues to take shape.
Join the-AFC.com as we dive into the past week’s domestic action across Central and South Asia.
ASEAN Wrap: Melbourne City stay perfect; Hanoi FC stumble
Kuala Lumpur: Jamie Maclaren scored for the third game running in Australia as Melbourne City maintained their perfect start to the new A-League season with a 2-0 victory against Melbourne Victory in the Melbourne derby on Saturday.
Hanoi FC’s lead at the top in Vietnam has been cut to two points after a 3-2 defeat to title rivals Hai Phong while Bangkok United have moved into second spot in Thailand following a hard-fought 2-0 win over BG Pathum United in Thai League 1 on Sunday.
Matches also took place in Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at all the action from across Southeast 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.
Tashkent: The AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™ official draw ceremony is poised to reveal thrilling encounters as Asia’s top 16 teams have their names drawn from four pots at 12pm (local time) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Wednesday.
Following a four-year absence due to the pandemic and after a captivating qualifying campaign, the Continent’s emerging stars will learn their fate at the showpiece which returns from March 1 to 18, 2023.
This is just the beginning, says Al Seeb’s Rasheed Jabar
Kuala Lumpur: Al Seeb Club opened a new chapter in Omani football history after becoming the first club from the West Asian country to lift the AFC Cup™ trophy, and head coach Rasheed Jabar is confident Saturday’s triumph heralds the start of more success for the club.
Three players found the back of the net to secure Al Seeb a 3-0 win over Kuala Lumpur City FC in the final at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil, a result which the Omani side richly deserved.
Hodak: Lack of cutting edge cost Kuala Lumpur City
Kuala Lumpur: There was no fairy tale ending for Kuala Lumpur City FC following their 3-0 defeat to Al Seeb Club of Oman in the AFC Cup™ 2022 Final at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
The visitors led from start to finish with Ali Al Busaidi and Abdulaziz Al Muqbali providing a two-goal cushion going into the break before Muhsen Al Ghassani scored the third as Al Seeb became the first side from Oman to win the AFC Cup.
Al Seeb Club power past Kuala Lumpur City to lift historic title
Kuala Lumpur: Al Seeb Club became the first side from Oman to win the AFC Cup™ on Saturday as Rasheed Al Yafai’s outfit handed Kuala Lumpur City FC a 3-0 defeat at Bukit Jalil Stadium in the Malaysian capital to claim the 2022 edition of the continental competition.
First half goals from Ali Al Busaidi and Abdulaziz Al Maqbali put Al Seeb in control at the interval and a third from Muhsen Al Ghassani ensured the trophy would be going back to West Asia for the 16th time in the competition’s 18 editions.
The win secures Al Seeb a place in the preliminary rounds of the 2023/24 AFC Champions League while breaking the hearts of the majority of the almost 28,000 fans within the cavernous stadium on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.