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.
AFC Cup 2020 Allianz Goal of the Week: Melvin Platje (Bali United FC)
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com has announced that Bali United FC's Melvin Platje is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2020 AFC Cup after a public vote on the AFC’s official website.
Bangalore: JSW Bengaluru FC stormed into the AFC Cup 2020 Play-off after defeating Bhutan’s Paro FC 9-1 in their Preliminary Round 2 return leg tie on Wednesday, advancing 10-1 on aggregate.
Bengaluru went into the tie 1-0 ahead after last week’s first leg in Thimpu but fired on all cylinders on Wednesday as the Indian Super League champions raced to a 4-1 lead at half time at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium before registering their highest ever competitive win.
Bengaluru will play Maziya Sports & Recreation Club in the Play-off next week, with the Maldives club advancing on away goals after their two-leg Preliminary Round 2 tie with Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh ended 2-2 on aggregate.
Male: Maldives' Maziya Sports & Recreation Club advanced to the 2020 AFC Cup Play-off stage on away goals after playing to a 0-0 draw with Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh in their Preliminary Round 2 return leg tie on Wednesday.
Having held Abahani to a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Dhaka last week, Maziya fancied their chances of advancing and Mario Lemos' side played the perfect game to set up a meeting next week with either India's JSW Bengaluru FC or Paro FC of Bhutan.
Singapore: Jordan Webb believes that Tampines Rovers’ ability to deal with PSM Makassar’s aerial balls was key in helping them claim a 2-1 victory in their opening 2020 AFC Cup game at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday.
Canadian Webb broke the deadlock for the Singaporean side midway through the first half before Boris Kopitovic added a second in the 64th minute as Tampines looked to be heading for a comfortable victory.
The Indonesian visitors fought back, though, with Ferdinand Sinaga getting on the scoresheet soon after as Makassar sought to salvage a draw, but Tampines were able hold out to get their Group H campaign off to a winning start.
‘Machine-like’ Bali United's strength showed, says Platje
Bali: Melvin Platje believes that Bali United displayed their true strength by coming from a goal down to defeat Vietnam’s Than Quang Ninh 4-1 as they got their 2020 AFC Cup Group G campaign off to a winning start on Tuesday.
Than Quang Ninh were reduced to 10 men early on at Bali’s Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium but the hosts fell behind to Jamaican Jeremie Lynch’s goal and went into the interval trailing despite their man advantage.
But the Indonesian champions came out firing after the restart with Rahmat Syamsuddin equalising almost immediately, before Platje netted a fine volley and a superb curling effort into the top corner either side of an Ilija Spasojevic penalty to complete a resounding win.