West Asia Wrap: Al Ittihad surge; Al Rayyan stay in control
Jeddah: Al Ittihad reclaimed top spot in the Saudi Pro League 2023/2024 as the season continues to produce twists and turns.
The defending champions hold a one-point lead following the conclusion of Matchday Seven while action in Qatar and UAE resumed, so join the-AFC.com as we review the past week’s domestic action across West Asia.
ASEAN Wrap: Sydney to meet Brisbane in final; JDT into semis
Kuala Lumpur: Patrick Wood and Joe Lolley were on the scoresheet at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Sunday as Sydney FC booked a title clash with Brisbane Roar in the Australia Cup by overcoming hosts Melbourne City 2-1 in a hard-fought semi-final.
In Malaysia, defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim remain on course to win the Malaysia Cup for a fourth time after a double from Brazilian striker Bergson and goals from Juan Munis and Fernando Forestieri on Saturday sealed a 7-1 aggregate win over Negeri Sembilan in the quarter-final.
Persib Bandung are on a six-match unbeaten run in Indonesia following a late 2-1 win against Bhayangkara FC while there were also matches taking place in Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from ASEAN.
East Asia Wrap: Marinos fight back to win; Leaders Port beaten
Hong Kong: Anderson Lopes scored a brace as Yokohama F. Marinos came from behind to defeat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Sunday, and with six games to go in Japan, the defending champions remain one point behind leaders Vissel Kobe who they will face in a heavyweight contest this Friday.
In China PR, league leaders Shanghai Port suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chengdu Rongcheng, but despite their recent inconsistencies, Javier Pereira’s side remain favourites to win the title as they have an eight-point lead over their closest challengers Shandong Taishan with four matches remaining.
Reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai extended their lead at the top to eight points in Korea Republic with a dramatic 3-2 win against Suwon FC on Sunday while there were also matches taking place in Guam and Hong Kong, China, so join the-AFC.com as we bring you up to speed with the action from across East Asia.
Philippines create history to complete Indonesia 2024 cast
Hanoi: Philippines defeated Vietnam 1-0 on Sunday to confirm their spot in the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup™ Indonesia 2024 Finals.
The result not only meant Philippines finished as the Qualifiers Round 2 Group B runners-up but also qualified for the Finals for the first time.
Australia finished top after four goals from Sienna Dale powered them 4-0 past Bangladesh earlier on Sunday.
Australia, Philippines, Group A winners Korea Republic and runners-up Thailand join the three highest-seeded sides from the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 – current holders Japan, DPR Korea and China PR - and hosts Indonesia in the April 7-20 Finals.