Rampant Melbourne City cruise to W-League Premiership
Sydney: Melbourne City claimed the first major piece of women’s silverware of the Australian domestic season, sealing the W-League Premiership with a match to spare thanks a 4-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Marconi Stadium on Thursday.
Thursday’s win took the star-studded City outfit nine points clear of Sydney FC, meaning they cannot be caught in the race for the title.
Sydney: Australia head coach Ante Milicic said his side must learn from being pushed to the limit by China PR at the Western Sydney Stadium on Thursday.
A supremely disciplined Steel Roses side came within 120 seconds of pulling off a shock away win against the World Number 7 Matildas, only to be denied by Emily van Egmond’s superb injury-time equaliser, which lifted the Australians above the Steel Roses on goal difference.
Qualifiers Final Round - Group B: Australia 1-1 China PR
Parramatta: Australia finished as the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Group B winners, netting a last-gasp equaliser to claim a 1-1 draw against China PR at Western Sydney Stadium on Thursday.
A terrific Tang Jiali strike four minutes from time looked to have sealed a superb win for the Steel Roses, but an equally brilliant added time strike from Emily van Egmond gave the Matildas the draw they needed to win the group on goal difference.
Australia’s final position on the group table means they will face Vietnam next month for a place in Tokyo, while China’s Olympic dream depends on a two-legged contest against Korea Republic.
Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Tractor gain ground, Khujand gain stars
Bishkek: Islamic Republic of Iran’s FC Tractor moved to within four points of league leaders Persepolis in a week where most of the country’s top sides were out of domestic action.
While it was a quiet week on-field, Tajikistan’s FC Khujand made no shortage of headlines, announcing the signing of several high-profile stars on the eve of their participation in both the Tajik League and AFC Cup.
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ASEAN & East Asia Domestic Wrap: Leagues kick off in Thailand, Cambodia
Kuala Lumpur: Defending Thai League 1 champions Chiangrai United began their 2020 domestic campaign with a 1-1 draw against Samut Prakan City while in Cambodia, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng started their title defence with a resounding 5-1 victory over Soltilo Angkor.
Elsewhere, Hantharwady United remained perfect in Myanmar and things look increasingly good for Sydney FC in Australia despite the league leaders not playing over the weekend.
South Asia Domestic Wrap: Gokulam Kerala, Machhindra emerge champions
Mumbai: The Indian Women’s League 2020 champions were crowned on Friday, as Gokulam Kerala defeated Kryphsa FC 3-2 to lift the title while Machhindra FC emerged champions of Nepal’s Martry Memorial A-Division League for the first time.
In the Indian Super League, Chennaiyin FC boosted their hopes of a place in the play-offs with a 3-1 win over ATK while Mohun Bagan are eight points clear at the top of the I-League.
The Bangladesh Premier league kicked off over the weekend, with defending champions Bashundhara Kings off to a winning start. Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the domestic action over the past week.