Hong Kong's Paatelainen calls up 25 players ahead of Asian Qualifiers resumption
Hong Kong: Hong Kong head coach Mixu Paatelainen has named a 25-man squad to travel to Bahrain for his team’s remaining matches in the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The Finnish coach has picked 16 players from Hong Kong Premier League title chasing duo Eastern and Kitchee as the territory looks to make an impact in Group C against Bahrain, Iraq, Islamic Republic of Iran and Cambodia.
Group E: Ahal defeat Dordoi to seal AFC Cup Zonal finals place
Bishkek: Turkmenistan’s FC Ahal became the first side to book a place in the 2021 AFC Cup’s Zonal finals, confirming their status as Group E winners with a 2-0 victory against Kyrgyz Premier League champions FC Dordoi at Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Monday.
Hojaahmet Arazov’s side went ahead through an early own goal from Dordoi’s Alexander Mischenko, before the points were made safe by captain Elman Tagayev 12 minutes from time.
Ahal’s tally of six points means they now cannot be overhauled by either Dordoi or Tajikistan’s FC Ravshan, who will complete the Group E schedule with a dead rubber on Thursday.
Group F: Nasaf beat Khujand to zoom in on AFC Cup knockout stage berth
Dushanbe: Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf continued their hot start to the 2021 AFC Cup with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Tajikistan’s FC Khujand on Matchday Two of Group F on Monday.
Having put four past Kyrgyz Republic side FC Alay in their opening match, the 2011 winners romped to a three-goal lead by half-time and went on to protect their advantage, securing a second consecutive win.
With the result, Nasaf move to the top of Group F with six points to their name. They will need to avoid defeat against Altyn Asyr on the final matchday to secure passage to the Zonal finals.
Group F: Altyn Asyr edge FC Alay in AFC Cup thriller
Dushanbe: Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FC survived a scare to secure a 5-4 victory over Kyrgyz Republic’s FC Alay in a thrilling encounter on Matchday Two of the 2021 AFC Cup Group F on Monday.
Having started their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Tajikistan’s FC Khujand, Altyn Asyr wasted no time at Central Republican Stadium, taking the game to their opponents straight from kick-off and they were instantly rewarded with goals.
Kuala Lumpur: As the Singapore Premier League moves towards its midway stage, just four points separate the top four sides as the title contenders all recorded wins over the weekend.
Things are not so close in Australia, however, as Melbourne City remain nine points clear of their nearest challenger despite a draw with Wellington Phoenix bringing an end to their four-game winning run.
Elsewhere, football returned to Cambodia for the first time in more than a month, so join the-AFC.com as we review the best of the action from around Southeast Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Kawasaki Frontale set new unbeaten record after Sapporo win
Hong Kong: J1 League leaders Kawasaki Frontale marked a new milestone on Sunday as they extended their undefeated streak to 22 consecutive games, stretching back to last season, with a 2-0 win over Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo.
As well as a full set of domestic match fixtures from China PR and Korea Republic's top flights, there were also some big results in Hong Kong, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East Asia.