ASEAN & East Domestic Wrap: Ho Chi Minh City FC move top
Kuala Lumpur: Defending V-League champions Hanoi FC suffered a first defeat of the season in Vietnam as Ho Chi Minh City FC won their second successive game to come out of the weekend as the only team with a 100% record.
Elsewhere in ASEAN, A-League leaders Sydney FC drew with Perth Glory, Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim were held at home and Persib Bandung maintained their lead at the top of Indonesia's Liga 1.
There was also plenty of action in Cambodia and Singapore while in East Asia there were FA Cup quarter-finals in Hong Kong and a pair of huge scores in Guam, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures from the two regions.
Kuala Lumpur: The week that was in the 2020 AFC Cup witnessed some fantastic action with goals galore across the ASEAN, Central and South Zones, a record-breaking feat and two stunning Continental debuts among the highlights.
With 29 goals in just nine matches, there were a number of fabulous performances and the-AFC.com highlights five players who caught the eye in a thrilling couple of days.
AFC Cup 2020 Goal of the Week: Ibrahim Mahudhee (Maziya S&R)
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Maziya S&R's Ibrahim Mahudhee is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2020 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
Kuala Lumpur: Bienvenido Marañón's brace in Ceres Negros' 4-0 victory over Bali United on Wednesday not only helped the Filipino side to three points, it also saw the Spaniard leapfrog Jordanian Mahmoud Shelbaieh to become the competition's all-time leading scorer on 35 goals.
Having begun the 2020 tournament on 30 goals, last year's top scorer wasted no time in picking up where he left off, with two goals in an opening-day victory over Cambodia's Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC, before a penalty against Vietnam's Than Quang Ninh saw him move within a goal of former Al Wehdat striker Shelbaieh.
Marañón's double against Bali saw the prolific striker move into pole position and there will likely be many more to follow if he continues in this form. The-AFC.com looks back at his achievement, as well as those of the iconic AFC Cup scorers who the 33-year-old has overtaken in recent years.
OJ Porteria's goal laid foundation for Ceres Negros win, says Vidakovic
Manila: Ceres Negros FC coach Risto Vidakovic hailed OJ Porteria’s opening goal as the turning point in his side’s resounding victory over Bali United FC on Wednesday as the Philippine Football League champions took control of Group G of the 2020 AFC Cup.
Porteria broke through the stubborn Bali defence in the 35th minute before Ceres went on to claim a comprehensive 4-0 win over the Indonesians that ensures Vidakovic’s side remain unbeaten in the group phase of the competition.
Yangon United's Than Paing 'thrilled' at first AFC Cup goal
Yangon: Than Paing expressed his delight at netting the winning goal as Yangon United defeated Singapore's Hougang United 1-0 in Group F of the 2020 AFC Cup on Tuesday to make it seven points from three games for the Myanmar side.
Hosts Yangon went into the game at Thuwunna Stadium on the back of a draw against Ho Chi Minh City FC and a win over Lao Toyota FC, and they were by far the better side throughout but missed numerous gilt-edged chances as Hougang sought to hold on for a point.
However, as the match entered its final 10 minutes, Yangon finally broke the deadlock as Maung Maung Lwin played in substitute Than Paing, who produced a calm finish into the bottom left corner with his first-ever goal in the AFC Cup as the home team claimed what could prove a valuable victory.
Yangon: A 1-0 win over Singapore's Hougang United took unbeaten Yangon United into pole position in Group F, behind Ho Chi Minh City FC of Vietnam on goal difference at the midway point of the 2020 AFC Cup group stage.
In terms of scoreline, it looked a close affair at Thuwunna Stadium on Tuesday.
But although Than Paing's close-range finish with nine minutes to go was the tie's only goal, the reality is that this was a match that the hosts controlled for long spells and could － and should － have scored more.