East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Big win for Yokohama F. Marinos sees title race heat up in Japan
Hong Kong: Another five-star performance from Kevin Muscat's Marinos and more points dropped by leaders Kawasaki Frontale over the weekend saw the latter's lead at the top cut to four points as things enter the business end of the J1 League season.
By contrast, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors lost ground on K League 1 frontrunners Ulsan Hyundai, while Johor Darul Ta'zim pulled further away from their challengers and are on course for an eighth consecutive title.
Elsewhere, there was action in Singapore and Mongolia so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest round of fixtures from across East Asia and ASEAN.
Group D: ATK Mohun Bagan advance to AFC Cup knockout stage after draw with Bashundhara Kings
Male: A David Williams strike sealed ATK Mohun Bagan’s place in the 2021 AFC Cup knockout stage after a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings at National Stadium on Tuesday.
The Australian striker’s 62nd-minute equaliser gave the Indian side the point they needed to advance as Group D winners, setting up a clash against the Central Asian zonal champions in next month’s Inter-Zone semi-finals
Bashundhara had looked to be on the way to a momentous victory when Brazilian midfielder Fernandes put them ahead just before the half-hour mark, but the momentum swung ATK Mohun Bagan’s way after Sushanto Tripura was sent off in the dying seconds of the first half.
Preview: Nasaf ready to deliver in 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final against Ahal
Karshi: Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf are hopeful their superior preparation will pay dividends when they host FC Ahal of Turkmenistan in Wednesday’s 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final at Markaziy Stadium.
The outstanding team of the Central Zone’s group stage with nine unanswered goals back in May, Ruzikul Berdiev’s side will enter Wednesday’s sudden-death tie as strong favourites largely due to what is expected to be a greater level of match fitness.
Nasaf have the advantage of having played 15 Uzbekistan Super League games this season, including eight since their previous AFC Cup duties, while Ahal are still waiting for Turkmenistan’s Yokary Liga to begin due to persistent delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FC Nasaf vs Ahal FC – How they reached the 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final
Karshi: The countdown is on to one of the biggest events of the Central Asian football season, with Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf to host Ahal FC of Turkmenistan in the 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final on Wednesday.
There can only be one winner when the two unbeaten sides cross paths, with the victors to carry the hopes of the entire Central Asian region into the latter stages of the tournament.
Ninety minutes, or perhaps a few more, will decide which club will advance to the Inter-Zone Semi-finals as Central Asia’s last team standing, with the South Zonal champions lying in wait.
Join the-AFC.com as we look at how Nasaf and Ahal made it this far, who stood out during the group stage and what it all means ahead of Wednesday’s blockbuster clash at Karshi’s Markaziy Stadium.
Oman defeat Senegal to end FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup campaign in style
Moscow: Oman ended their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 campaign on a winning note after a stunning 3-2 triumph against Senegal on Tuesday.
Having impressed in their earlier matches without reward, Oman were at their best in their final Group D tie against a Senegal side who had already confirmed their quarter-final spot after Matchday Two.
Son included in Korea Republic's AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar squad
Seoul: Son Heung-min has been included in Paulo Bento’s Korea Republic squad for the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar matches against Iraq and Lebanon next month despite injury concerns for the Tottenham Hotspur striker.
Son was included in Bento’s 26-man squad for the games on September 2 and 7 respectively as the Koreans kick off the latest phase of their attempt to qualify for a 10th successive FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar next year.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Midfielders
Kuala Lumpur: As football lovers across Asia look forward to the return of the 2021 AFC Champions League, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Over the past two weeks we have seen the goalkeeper and the defendersin front of him decided, so now it's time to turn our attention to the midfield and find out who you consider the main men in the middle.
So, here are the 10 players in contention for our places in the centre of the park. Review the candidates and then select your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.