East Asia Wrap: Vissel leave it late; Bluewings win Suwon derby
Hong Kong: Yuya Osako hit a dramatic 96th-minute winner as Vissel Kobe edged Urawa Red Diamonds 2-1 on Sunday and preserved their two-point advantage over defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos with two matches left of the season in Japan.
The race to avoid automatic relegation in Korea Republic is going down to the wire after bottom side Suwon Samsung Bluewings posted a 3-2 derby victory against Suwon FC while second-from-bottom Gangwon also won meaning only three points separate the three sides at the foot of the ladder.
Shanghai Shenhua overcame Qingdao Hainiu on Tuesday to progress to the final of the Chinese FA Cup while the finalists of the Hong Kong Senior Shield were also decided on Sunday, so join the-AFC.com as we bring you up to speed with the action from across East Asia.
Kuala Lumpur: After Matchday Four of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 concluded on Wednesday, both Al Ain of the UAE and Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers have confirmed their places in the knockout rounds with two rounds of fixtures still to play.
As the sides now look forward to the Matchday Five encounters later this month, the-AFC.com looks back at the week in numbers.
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s national teams will take another step towards the FIFA World Cup 2026 and the AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ when the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 kicks off next Thursday.
The dream remains alive for the 10 teams that made it through the first round of the Asian Qualifiers last month and they will join the remaining 26 Member Associations to continue their journey.