East Asia Wrap: Vissel down Marinos; East Coast Derby ends level
Hong Kong: J1 League leaders Vissel Kobe were victorious in the crucial top-of-the-table clash in Japan on Friday as first-half goals from Yuya Osako and Yoshinori Muto helped them defeat reigning champions Yokohama F. Marinos 2-0 and extend their lead at the top to four points with five games to go.
Pacesetters Ulsan Hyundai and their closest challengers Pohang Steelers shared the spoils as the East Coast Derby in Korea Republic ended goalless to mean Ulsan maintain their eight-point lead at the top.
In China PR, Shanghai Port are one win away fron the title after a 1-0 victory against Nantong Zhiyun, while there were also matches in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Guam, so join the-AFC.com as we bring you up to speed with the action from across East Asia.
Korea Republic stay on course to defend title, Hong Kong, China join semis party
Hangzhou: Korea Republic moved into the semi-finals of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou on Sunday as Hwang Sun-hong’s side handed hosts China PR a 2-0 defeat as Hong Kong, China claimed a shock 1-0 win over the Islamic Republic of Iran to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time.
Poon Pui Hin scored two minutes into the second half to earn Jorn Andersen’s side an unexpected victory and means they will face Japan, 2-1 winners over DPR Korea, in the last four on Wednesday.
The Koreans, meanwhile, will next play Uzbekistan as Timur Kapadze’s side handed Saudi Arabia a 2-1 defeat to advance to the last four for the first time since 1994.
China PR to meet Japan in semis, DPR Korea, Uzbekistan set up face off
Hangzhou: Wang Shanshan’s third minute opener sent China PR on their way to a comfortable 4-0 win over Thailand at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Saturday to set up a semi-final meeting with defending champions Japan.
The Japanese stormed into the last four with an 8-1 defeat of a short-handed Philippines side while DPR Korea will meet Uzbekistan after respective victories over Korea Republic and Chinese Taipei took the pair through.