Central and South Asian Wrap: ISL set for gripping finale, opening round shocks in Kyrgyz Republic
Bishkek: The race to top the Indian Super League table has gone to the wire, while clubs in Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan got their 2022 campaigns underway in a busy week in the Central and South Asian regions.
Also this week, Esteghlal strengthened their hand in the Iran Pro League, plus news from Bangladesh and Tajikistan.
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Preview - Preliminary Stage: Sydney FC (AUS) v Kaya FC-Iloilo (PHI)
Sydney: Kaya FC-Iloilo are looking to repeat the heroics of 2018, when fellow Filipino side Ceres Negros came to Australia and defeated Brisbane Roar, ahead of their 2022 AFC Champions League winners-take-all showdown with Sydney FC on Tuesday.
The winners of the Preliminary Stage tie at Jubilee Stadium will advance to Group H, where they will join hosts Hoang Anh Gia Lai of Vietnam, two-time champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea Republic and Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2022 AFC Champions League’s qualifying rounds are set to kick off on Tuesday, March 8 as Sydney FC host Kaya FC-Iloilo of the Philippines with a place in the group stage up for grabs.
Kaya are aiming to reach the competition proper for the second successive year after overcoming Shanghai Port in the playoffs last time round, although a trip to Australia to take on an A-League giant provides a huge hurdle to overcome.
With the remaining six playoff matches to take place on March 15, the-AFC.com looks at five upsets in the AFC Champions League’s qualifying rounds over the years.
ASEAN Wrap: Western Sydney claim bragging rights; Malaysia Super League kicks off
Kuala Lumpur: Tomer Hemed and Keanu Baccus were on the scoresheet as Western Sydney Wanderers dealt Sydney FC a 2-0 defeat on Saturday to condemn their neighbours to a third successive A-League defeat.
Defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim kicked off their Malaysia Super League campaign with a win, while the top three all won in Indonesia as the title race continues to excite.
In a busy weekend around ASEAN, there were also fixtures in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, so join the-AFC.com as we wrap up the action from across the region.
Sydney: With the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ fast approaching, Monday saw another milestone with the celebration of 500 days to go until the world’s biggest women’s sporting event.
Football Australia, in partnership with FIFA, NSW Government and Football NSW, united on Monday morning at the iconic Sydney Opera House to mark this moment on the journey to 2023.