ASEAN Leagues Wrap: Buriram and Hanoi go top
Kuala Lumpur: Buriram United returned to the top of the league in Thailand and Hanoi FC did likewise in Vietnam, while the title races remain close-run contests in many other countries across Southeast Asia.
With the latest from all the leagues, here’s the-AFC.com’s weekly review from the most recent round of fixtures in the ASEAN region.
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Buriram United bounced back from a resounding 4-0 loss against Chiangrai United last week to claim a 1-0 win at PTT Rayong and return to the top of the Thai League 1 standings.
Chiangrai slipped back to second after the northern side could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to mid-table Ratchaburi, while Bangkok United have dropped to fourth after the 1-1 draw against Suphanburi was their fourth league game without a win.
Muangthong United must now have serious aspirations of at least a top-three finish as a 2-0 victory over Nakhon Ratchasima was their fourth league win in a row to move the Nonthaburi team up to sixth.
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Hanoi FC enjoyed the perfect warm-up for their AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final second leg against Becamex Binh Duong after posting a 2-1 victory over the same opposition on Saturday.
Their weekend got even better as Ho Chi Minh City failed to return to the top of the standings following a surprise 2-1 home defeat to bottom side Sanna Khanh Hoa.
Despite the win, Sanna stay five points adrift at the foot after second bottom Quang Nam secured a 3-0 win over Thanh Hoa, while Thanh Quanh Ninh and Da Nang drew 1-1 and remain in third and fourth place respectively.
TIRA-Persikabo continue to set the pace in Indonesia and still have their unbeaten record intact after seeing off PSIS Semarang 2-0 on Friday night.
But Bali United are hot on their heels, with the second-placed side, who have a game in hand, posting a 1-0 victory over PSM Makassar a day earlier.
Persija Jakarta drew 2-2 with fourth-placed Arema but the capital city giants remain second bottom, while things are looking bad for Semen Padang, who lost 2-0 to Kalteng Putra and are still in the hunt for their first win of the season.
Ceres Negros have opened up a three-point gap in the Philippines following a 1-0 victory over second-placed Kaya FC-Iloilo on Saturday.
The defending champions are looking strong and they also have a game in hand on Kaya as they look to continue their dominance in the island nation.
The race at the top of the Myanmar National League is heating up as just a point separates the top three teams following an exciting round of weekend fixtures.
Shan United (pictured) defeated Yadanarbon 3-2 to remain in second, ahead of Ayeyawady United on goal difference after they overcame Magwe 2-0.
And league leaders Yangon United failed to maintain their three-point lead from the start of the weekend after a surprise 1-1 draw against bottom side Chinland to mean the capital city side are just a point clear at the summit.
Brunei Darussalam side DPMM recovered from two defeats in a row by beating Geylang International 3-0 to get their title bid back on course.
Tampines Rovers’ strong recent run continued as a 3-0 win over Home United was their third successive victory and moved them up to second in the standings, four points behind the leaders.
A point back in third are Hougang United, who won a topsy-turvy 4-3 encounter with bottom side Balestier Khalsa in what was the game of the weekend.
With the league done and dusted in Malaysia, the group stage of the Malaysia Cup got underway at the weekend with the country’s dominant force Johor Darul Ta’zim posting a 3-1 win over UiTM FC in Group B.
Other notable results saw holders Perak overcome Sabah 3-0 in Group C, while last year’s runners-up Terengganu saw off PKNS 3-2 in Group A.
Svay Rieng show no sign of letting up in Cambodia as a 7-0 victory over Elictricite du Cambodge saw them stretch their lead to eight points after second-placed Naga World lost 2-0 against Kirivong Sok Sen Chey.
There was significant movement at the other end of the table as Kampong Cham’s 2-0 win over Bati Academy U18 was just their second victory of the season and saw them swap places with their opponents.
Lalenok returned to the top of the standings in Timor-Leste following a 5-2 victory over Academica Dili, who have now dropped to the foot of the table after a surprise result elsewhere.
Karketu moved up to second from bottom after picking up their first three points of the campaign with a 3-2 win over third-placed Boavista Timor, who are now five points off the pace.
Lao Toyota are nine points clear in Laos after a 1-0 win over Young Elephant, who dropped to third after Master 7 defeated Laos Police 3-1. Elsewhere, Laos Army overcame Evo United 3-2 to move off the bottom and be replaced by their defeated opponents.
Photos: Buriram United, Shan United, Johor Darul Ta'zim
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