Central and South Asia Wrap: Navbahor climb to the summit, Club Valencia and Mohammedan finish with a flourish
Tashkent: Asadbek Sobirjonov’s first-half strike against FC Nasaf steered PFC Navbahor Namangan to reclaim top spot in the Uzbekistan Pro League, while Pakhtakor FC dropped to second following a 2-2 draw with PFC Sogdiana.
In Maldives, Club Valencia signed off on a positive note defeating United Victory 4-1 to claim third place.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC finished fifth in the Bangladesh Premier League after scoring seven unanswered goals against Rahmatgonj MFS.
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Ho Chi Minh City: Viettel FC midfielder Nguyen Hoang Duc has admitted that the Vietnamese club have set their sights on reaching the AFC Cup™ 2022 final as they prepare to face Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur City FC in the ASEAN Zonal Semi-final on Wednesday.
Making their debut in the continental competition, Viettel stormed through June's group stage, winning all three of their games and scoring a joint tournament-leading 11 goals in the process to advance to the knockout rounds with minimal fuss.
Since then, however, Viettel’s league form has dipped as they have lost four from six and fallen to mid-table in the V.League. But with continental action to resume against Kuala Lumpur City at Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Stadium on Wednesday, Hoang Duc is hoping the competition can inspire an upturn in fortunes.
East Asia Wrap: Ulsan, Jeonbuk share the spoils; Marinos beaten
Hong Kong: The top two met in Korea Republic over the weekend with Ulsan Hyundai holding Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to a 1-1 draw to remain six points ahead of their title rivals.
In Japan, leaders Yokohama F. Marinos suffered their first league defeat since mid-May to defending champions Kawasaki Frontale, domestic action returned to China PR after an extended break, and there were also fixtures in Chinese Taipei so join the-AFC.comas we review the matches from across East Asia.