AFC Cup™ 2022: What They Said – ASEAN, Central and East
Kuala Lumpur: The 12 teams that will compete in the AFC Cup™ 2022 knockout rounds have been confirmed after Thursday’s fixtures brought the group stage in the ASEAN, Central and East Zones to its conclusion.
A week of intense action threw up dream debuts, great goals and memorable moments as a number of teams wrote new chapters into their histories. The-AFC.com looks back at what those involved had to say.
Kuala Lumpur: Thursday’s AFC Cup™ 2022 action across the continent brought the curtain down on the group stage as seven teams from the ASEAN, Central and East Zones joined five from the West and South Zones in the knockout rounds.
A record 38 clubs from 22 nations took part in the first round of an AFC Cup that was bigger than ever before, while the 10 groups were hosted in 10 different countries.
As the competition takes a break before returning for the knockout rounds in August, the-AFC.com highlights some of the other standout numbers.
East Asia Wrap: Khaan Khuns-Erchim crowned Mongolian champions; Pohang claim derby joy
Hong Kong: Khaan Khuns-Erchim won the Mongolian Premier League after a dramatic final week of the season that saw them edge title rivals FC Ulaanbaatar as they were crowned champions for the first time since 2018.
There was a setback for league leaders Ulsan Hyundai in Korea Republic as they were beaten 2-0 by East Coast Derby rivals Pohang Steelers, while J1 League table-toppers Yokohama F. Marinos won their fifth successive game to stay three points clear.
Elsewhere, Wuhan Three Towns’ fine early-season form continued in China PR, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest action from around East Asia.