East Asia Wrap: Ulsan and Jeonbuk play out stalemate in Korea
Hong Kong: The highly anticipated top-of-the-table clash in Korea Republic between pacesetters Ulsan Hyundai and second-placed Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors ended goalless on Friday as the leaders maintained their four-point lead at the summit.
In Japan, Yokohama F. Marinos have now cut Kawasaki Frontale's lead to just a solitary point after getting back to winning ways with victory over Sanfrecce Hiroshima, while Nagoya Grampus and Mitch Langerak continue to break records.
Elsewhere there was also action in Mongolia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East Asia.
Kuala Lumpur: It may be the early stages of Indonesia's Liga 1 season but the 2019 champions Bali United have begun strongly as Saturday's 2-1 win against Barito Putera made it two wins from two.
In Thailand, BG Pathum United warmed up for their 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with a win over Ratchaburi FC, while the league campaign came to an end in Malaysia with joy for Kedah.
Elsewhere there were also full sets of fixtures in Singapore and Cambodia, so here's the-AFC.com's review of the latest round of action in ASEAN.
Jardim hails resilient Al Hilal, Majidi rues Esteghlal’s AFC Champions League exit
Dubai: It looked like a comfortable victory in the end, but head coach Leonardo Jardim said Al Hilal SFC had to work hard for their 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 win against Esteghlal FC at the Al Wasl Stadium on Tuesday.
Goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Salem Al Dawsari secured the 2019 champions a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth time in eight editions.
Esteghlal, however, were not without chances and the complexion of the match may well have changed had the Islamic Republic of Iran Club pulled one back.
2021 AFC Champions League - Preview: Litmus test for BG Pathum United as Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors await
Jeonju: Two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will welcome BG Pathum United to Jeonju World Cup Stadium for the 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday.
The match pits one of continental club football’s most successful sides up against a team that only made their AFC Champions League debut in the group stage in June as the tournament moves into its one-leg knockout stage format.
While Jeonbuk are aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the ninth time, BG Pathum are looking to become the first Thai side to advance to the last eight since Buriram United in 2013.
2021 AFC Champions League - Preview: Cerezo Osaka, Pohang Steelers in clash for coveted quarter-final slot
Osaka: Cerezo Osaka mark their first AFC Champions League Round of 16 appearance since 2014 when they face three-time continental champions FC Pohang Steelers at Nagai Football Stadium on Wednesday.
The 2014 edition was also the setting of the last time the two sides met in Asian action with the pair facing off in the group stage.
Japan’s Cerezo, who reached the 2011 quarter-finals, are participating in the AFC Champions League for the fourth time and 2009 winners Pohang Steelers of Korea Republic are making their eighth appearance and looking to reach the last eight stage for the third time.
2021 AFC Champions League - Preview: Al Nassr, Tractor bid to make history
Doha: Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr will hope to take a step further towards continental glory when play Islamic Republic of Iran’s Tractor FC in the 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.
Without a continental title since 1998, the Riyadh based club came agonisingly close in the previous edition of the competition, crashing out at the semi-final stage against Tractor’s domestic rivals Persepolis FC. Tractor, on the other hand, have never made it past the Round of 16, and a one-legged tie will appeal to them as they look to make club history.