ASEAN and East Asia Domestic Wrap: Sydney FC go 13 points clear
Kuala Lumpur: It was a fifth win in a row for the Sky Blues as Adam Le Fondre's penalty took Steve Corica's side 13 points clear with challengers Melbourne City and Perth Glory both unable to win over the weekend.
Continuing their impressive early season form, Hantharwady United made it four successive victories and extended their flawless record in Myanmar's National League as they retain their position as early front-runners.
Guam remains the only East Asia league with action to review, and it is BOG Strykers who continue to set the pace with an eighth win from eight to top the table.
Nestor: The AFC Cup is vital to the growth of the game in Cambodia
Svay Rieng: Coach Conor Nestor insisted that Svay Rieng's qualification for the 2020 AFC Cup on Wednesday will have a big impact, not only for the Cambodian champions but the country as a whole.
Svay Rieng's 3-0 win away at Laotian side Master7 FC completed a comprehensive 7-1 aggregate victory that concluded this week's ASEAN Zone play-offs and ensured Cambodia are represented for a fourth consecutive edition of the AFC Cup.
A result that is of particular significance for the Irishman at the helm of the club.
Nabbout ecstatic to be back at 'biggest competition in Asia'
Kashima: Melbourne Victory's match-winner Andrew Nabbout expressed his delight at returning to the AFC Champions League following the A-League side's 1-0 win over Kashima Antlers in the play-offs on Tuesday.
Having weathered a Kashima storm in the first half, Melbourne netted the tie's only goal on 54 minutes when Nabbout was on hand to fire home a deflected effort past Kwoun Sun-tae.
Custodian Lawrence Thomas then put on a goalkeeping clinic to deny the 2018 champions as the A-League side held out for a famous victory.
Seoul: Spaniard Osmar Barba went from zero to hero on Tuesday for FC Seoul, scoring an own goal before firing home a free-kick to restore the club's two-goal cushion on the way to a 4-1 victory over Malaysia's Kedah FA and a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage.
The 31-year-old spoke exclusively to the-AFC.com following the play-off tie at Seoul World Cup Stadium and he reflected on the match, the importance of playing in the AFC Champions League, his favourite memories from the competition so far, and his hopes for 2020.
Play-off - 2nd Leg: Master7 FC 0-3 Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC
Vientiane: Cambodia’s Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng SC booked their place in the 2020 AFC Cup group stage with a 3-0 win over Master7 FC of Laos in the second leg of their Play-off on Wednesday, advancing 7-1 on aggregate.
Two goals in the first half by Sam Oeun Pidor and Jean Marie Mbarga set the tone for Svay Rieng’s second leg victory as the C-League champions were hardly troubled at the National Stadium.
Svay Rieng will join Indonesia’s Bali United, Than Quang Ninh of Vietnam and the Philippines’ Ceres Negros FC in Group G, which starts on February 11.
Play-off - 2nd Leg: Yangon United FC 3-1 Indera SC
Yangon: Yangon United FC of Myanmar eased into the 2020 AFC Cup Group Stage with a 9-2 aggregate win over Brunei Darussalam’s Indera SC after securing a 3-1 second leg triumph in the play-off on Wednesday.
In possession of a handsome lead following last week’s first leg in Bandar Seri Begawan, Tin Maung Tun’s side never looked in any danger despite being level at 1-1 at half-time, before extending their aggregate lead with second half goals to Emmanuel Ikechukwu and Than Paing.
Yangon United will now join Ho Chi Minh City FC, Lao Toyota FC and Hougang United FC in Group F, which begins on February 11.