East Asia Wrap: Jeonbuk down Ulsan; Marinos level with Vissel
Hong Kong: Last season’s K League 1 runners-up Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors inflicted a late 2-0 defeat on league leaders and reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai in Korea Republic on Saturday, but Hong Myung-bo’s side continue to be in command, enjoying a 10-point lead at the top of the table.
In Japan, Brazilian winger Marcos Junior struck an 89th-minute winner as defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos came from behind to edge FC Tokyo 3-2 on Saturday and move level on points with leaders Vissel Kobe, who weren’t in action this week and have a game in hand.
Leaders Shanghai Port suffered their first defeat of the season in China PR as second-placed Chengdu Rongcheng edged them 1-0 in a tightly contested affair while there were also matches in Chinese Taipei, Mongolia and Macau, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from across East Asia.
Vote for your Best Goal of #ACL2022: Semi-final 1 (East)
Kuala Lumpur: Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds last month became Asian champions for the third time when they overcame Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC in the title clash of the AFC Champions League 2022 – a tournament that saw 384 goals scored in 130 matches at an average of almost three goals every 90 minutes.
Now it’s your turn, as the fans of Asian football, to select which among the lot deserves to be considered the best. In the first of the two semi-finals, the-AFC.com brings you eight fantastic goals from the East Asia section of the draw to look back on.
After reviewing our selection, don’t forget to vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the article to help decide which of the goals will advance to a final to face the best goals from the West Asia side of the draw.
ASEAN Wrap: Mariners crowned A-League champions; Phnom Penh defend League Cup
Kuala Lumpur: Central Coast Mariners secured their second A-League championship in Australia on Saturday as Jason Cummings netted a hat-trick to help Nick Montgomery’s side defeat Premiers and heavy favourites Melbourne City 6-1 in the Grand Final in Sydney.
Phnom Penh Crown became back-to-back League Cup winners in Cambodia as they defeated Nagaworld on penalties while reigning champions and leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim remain perfect in Malaysia as they overcame Penang for their 13th win from as many matches.
In Singapore, Lion City Sailors edged Balestier Khalsa in a nine-goal thriller to move three points behind leaders Tampines Rovers while there were also matches in Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Laos and Brunei Darussalam, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from across ASEAN.
Klinsmann leaves Serie A title-winner Min-jae out of squad
Seoul: Kim Min-jae will miss Korea Republic’s friendly matches against Peru and El Salvador next week after head coach Jurgen Klinsmann left the Napoli defender out of his 23-man squad for the games in Busan and Daejon.
Kim was named Serie A’s best defender for the season after playing a key role in Napoli’s first league title win in 33 years but the 26-year-old former Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors centre-half has been rested for the games on June 16 and 20.