East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Beijing FC claim bragging rights in derby win over Shanghai Shenhua
Hong Kong: Beijing FC defeated archrivals Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday to rise to third in the Chinese Super League's Group B standings and remain in contention for the Championship stage.
Yokohama F. Marinos secured a big win to take full advantage of leaders Kawasaki Frontale dropping points to reduce the gap in the J1 League title chase, while Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors continue to make ground on K League 1 frontrunners Ulsan Hyundai.
Elsewhere, there was action in Singapore, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest round of fixtures from across East Asia and ASEAN.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the 2021 AFC Champions League is just a month away, but before this season's Continental campaign resumes, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Last week we presented the candidates for the 2021 Group Stage's best goalkeeper, and now we shine the spotlight on the players who will make up the backline.
So, here are the 12 players in contention for the four places in defence. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite defenders for this all-star XI in the respective polls.
Our finishing must be better, says Rane after Bengaluru defeat Club Eagles to seal AFC Cup Group Stage berth
Male: Matchwinner Jayesh Rane believes India’s Bengaluru FC must improve on their finishing if they are to enjoy success in the 2021 AFC Cup.
Debutant Rane’s 25th minute goal sealed Bengaluru a 1-0 win over Club Eagles of Maldives in their South Zone playoff at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives on Sunday as the 2016 AFC Cup runners-up advanced to Group D of this year’s competition.
Bashundhara Kings' Bruzon braced for tough AFC Cup campaign
Dhaka: Bashundhara Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon is expecting the South Zone of the 2021 AFC Cup to be a tight affair with the Bangladesh champions to kick off their campaign against Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives on Wednesday.
Bashundhara Kings easily retained the Bangladesh Premier League title last week but Bruzon, while determined to see his side thrive in the AFC Cup, is not expecting any easy matches in Male.
Williams confident of ATK Mohun Bagan's AFC Cup chances
Kolkata: ATK Mohun Bagan striker David Williams is confident the Indian Super League club will go far in the 2021 AFC Cup ahead of their Group D challenge kicking off on Wednesday.
ATK Mohun Bagan arrived in the Maldives on Saturday, with the South Zone matches to be played in Male, after two weeks of intensive preparations and Williams said they are looking forward to the campaign.
Williams, who recently extended his contract for a third season, will be expected to lead from the front but the Australian said he was unfazed by the expectations.