ASEAN Domestic Wrap: Five-star showing from Sydney FC as Sky Blues top table
Kuala Lumpur: Steve Corica's team shone in week nine of Australia's A-League to take a five-point lead in the early standings.
Elsewhere in ASEAN, with Bali United having already claimed the Indonesian title in the previous round of fixtures, the race to second place heats up with just six points separating the eight sides in contention for the runners-up spot.
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Australia: Le Fondre nets treble as Sydney thrash Roar
Englisman Adam Le Fondre hit a hat-trick for Sydney FC on Saturday as they defeated Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar 5-1 to make it five victories in a row and extend their lead at the top of the A-League.
Milos Ninkovic and Trent Buhagiar were also on target at Jubilee Stadium before a Roy O'Donovan penalty gave the visitors a consolation.
A day earlier Melbourne City were defeated 3-0 by defending Premiers Perth Glory ensuring Sydney FC's big win saw them go five points clear in the table.
Meanwhile, third-placed Adelaide United picked up their fourth win in their last five matches with a 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets, while Western United, in fourth, ended a run of three defeats to pick up three points against Melbourne Victory.
And Wellington Phoenix came out on top against 2014 AFC Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers after Mexican midfielder Ulises Davila's 89th-minute penalty secured a 2-1 win.
Indonesia: Borneo FC lead race for second place
With all 18 teams in action over the weekend there was plenty of football to enjoy for fans of the Indonesian domestic game as a large cluster of sides chase second place after Bali United wrapped up the title last week.
One of those teams, Persipura Jayapura, rose to third after a 1-1 draw against the newly crowned champions on Sunday, but it is Borneo FC who currently occupy the runners-up spot following a 4-1 victory over TIRA Persikabo on Friday.
Fourth-placed Madura Unitred claimed a 4-1 win against Kalteng Putra, who dropped to last position, while there was also a four-goal haul for Persebaya Surabaya, who defeated Bhayankara 4-0 to move fifth.
At the other end of the table, Semen Padang moved off the foot with a huge three points after winning 3-0 away to fifth-from-bottom Barito Putera. Another side who secured a valuable win, meanwhile, was Badak Lampung as they moved to third bottom following a 2-0 victory against Persija Jakarta, who remain in the relegation battle.
Finally, the form side in Indonesia, Persela Lamongan made it four wins on the bounce by seeing off PSM Makassar 3-1 to stay 15th in the 18-team league but, crucially, four points clear of the drop zone.
Photo: Sydney FC
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