ASEAN Leagues Wrap: Buriram close gap, Johor extend lead
Kuala Lumpur: Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory on penalties to win the A-League Grand Final and be crowned champions of Australia on May 19, but elsewhere in the ASEAN region the domestic championships remain in full swing.
The race for the title in Thailand is heating up, while the gap between first and second in Malaysia continues to grow; the league championships in both Indonesia and the Philippines, meanwhile, have only just begun.
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Thai League 1 leaders Port FC conceded a stoppage-time goal to draw 1-1 away at Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday, before Buriram United’s 1-0 victory over bottom side Muanghthong United a day later saw them close to within three points of the top with two games in hand.
Chiangrai United sit level on points with Buriram after seeing off Prachuap 1-0 while, at the other end, Chainat Hornbill and PTT Rayong remain in the relegation zone with Muangthong.
บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด 1-0 เมืองทอง ยูไนเต็ด
GU12 เฮลั่น ช้างอารีนา ปราสาทสายฟ้า เฉือน กิเลน สุดมัน เก็บ 3 แต้ม จี้จ่าฝูงไทยลีก . . . . . 26 พ.ค. 62 (TTL-12) บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด 1-0 เมืองทอง ยูไนเต็ด . . . . . #BuriramUnited #BRUTD #MuangThongUnited #MTUTD #ToyotaThaiLeague2019 #TTL2019 #GU12Posted by BURIRAM UNITED on Sunday, 26 May 2019
Johor Darul Ta’zim stretched their lead to 13 points at the top of the Malaysian Super League following a 2-0 win over third-placed Kedah, with second-placed Pahang’s clash against bottom side Felda United postponed.
Kuala Lumpur jumped out of the relegation zone after a 4-1 win over PKNP saw their opponents fall into the bottom two.
In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City moved five points clear of V-League 1 after a 2-1 win against Song Lam Nghe An on Saturday, a day after second-placed Hanoi FC had lost 2-0 to Nam Dinh.
Hanoi’s fellow AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal semi-finalists Becamex Binh Duong remain in danger, meanwhile, after a 2-0 defeat to Than Quang Ninh left them third from bottom, four points ahead of last-placed Quang Nam.
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Brunei Darussalam side DPMM stretched their lead at the top of the Singapore Premier League to eight points despite only managing a scoreless draw against Albirex Niigata Singapore on Friday as second-placed Hougang United lost 3-2 to Warriors a day later.
Kaya FC-Iloilo defeated bottom side Green Archers to record successive wins at the start of the Philippines Premier League season, while champions Ceres Negros drew their opening game 2-2 against Stallion and will take to the field for their second match, against Philippine Air Force, on Wednesday.
Still unbeaten, Shan United defeated Yangon United 2-1 just over two weeks ago to leapfrog their opponents into first place at the midway stage of the Myanmar National League.
Hantharwady United are level on points with Shan after drawing 1-1 with Southern Myanmar while Yadanarbon are in fourth following a 3-2 loss to Rakhine United. Just a point separates the top four sides with the league to resume in mid-June.
Indonesia’s Liga 1 kicked off in mid-May, with Madura United, PSM Makassar and Bali United (above) all posting two wins from two to lead the way at the top at the early stages.
Champions Persija Jakarta remain in the hunt for their first win after opening with a draw against Barito Putera and then losing 2-1 to PSIS Semarang.
NagaWorld are a point clear at the top of Cambodia’s C-League after seeing off bottom side Kompong Cham on Sunday, but Svay Rieng remained just a point behind following their 3-0 victory over National Sport Academy.
In Laos, first-placed Young Elephants and second-placed Lao Police Club drew 2-2 two weeks ago to remain in the top two positions, while Lao Army prop up the standings after their 8-1 loss to Lao Toyota. The competition resumes in mid-June.
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