West Asia Wrap: Al Ain in cruise control in UAE, Ighalo keeps Al Hilal’s slim title hopes alive
Dubai: Al Ain moved closer to clinching the UAE Pro League title after a 1-0 win over Al Dhafra, while Odion Ighalo helped steer Al Hilal SFC back into contention following Al Ittihad's dramatic draw against Al Fateh in the Saudi Pro League.
In Syria, Tishreen clinched their third consecutive Syrian Premier League title after defeating Al Foutoua.
Join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s domestic action across West Asia.
ASEAN Wrap: A-League Finals Series cast confirmed; Negeri Sembilan go top in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur: The six teams who will compete in the A-League’s upcoming Finals Series have been confirmed as the regular season draws to a close in Australia ahead of the 2021-22 campaign’s showcase finale.
The last relegation spot in Thailand has been decided, while there are new leaders in Malaysia and there were games in both Singapore and Laos. Read on for the-AFC.com’s wrap of the best of the action from across ASEAN.
East Asia Wrap: Ulsan, Kawasaki back in the groove
Hong Kong: After disappointing AFC Champions League™ 2022 exits, Ulsan Hyundai and Kawasaki Frontale returned to Korea Republic and Japan respectively to post wins as they got their campaigns back on track in perfect fashion.
Ulsan moved seven points clear at the top of K League 1, while Kawasaki sit second in the J1 League but were boosted by leaders Kashima Antlers losing at Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Elsewhere in East Asia, there was action in Chinese Taipei, Macau and Mongolia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures.
Tanaka stars as INAC Kobe Leonessa win inaugural WE League title
Sagamihara: INAC Kobe Leonessa became the inaugural champions of Japan’s WE League with a 3-0 win at Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara on Sunday.
Inspired by Mina Tanaka’s brilliant brace, a comprehensive victory on the day took the Kobe club to 47 points from 18 matches, giving them an unassailable nine-point lead over second placed Urawa Reds Ladies with two rounds of matches remaining.
Three-time champions of the Nadeshiko League in the early 2010s, INAC Kobe Leonessa can now claim to be the first club to reach the summit in Japan’s first fully professional women’s league.
Malaysia edge Thailand; Singapore, Laos share points
Hanoi: Malaysia came from behind to defeat Thailand while Singapore salvaged a point at the death in Group B of the Hanoi SEA Games men's football on Saturday.
Malaysia, seeking a first SEA Games gold since the 2011 SEA Games, had super-sub Nur Azfar Fikri to thank for the 2-1 win while defender Jordan Emaviwe was Singapore's hero as they came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw.