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ASEAN Wrap: BG Pathum extend lead in Thailand

Kuala Lumpur: BG Pathum United's excellent season continued as their seventh victory in eight games saw them move five points clear at the top of Thai League 1 over the weekend. 

The Championship and Relegation Rounds in Vietnam got underway with the V.League's top four teams all recording wins while Johor Darul Ta'zim ensured they finished the Malaysia Super League unbeaten following a big victory in the final round of fixtures of a shortened season.

In Cambodia, title chasers Boueng Ket and Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng claimed wins in the penultimate games of the season while Lao Toyota brought a satisfying campaign to a close in Laos, so join as we bring you up to speed with the action from ASEAN.

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Thailand: BG Pathum United move five points clear

Andres Tunez netted the only goal of the game against his former side Buriram United as unbeaten BG Pathum United secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory on Saturday to extend their lead at the Thai League 1 summit to five points.

With the game goalless and the hour approaching Venezuelan Tunez, who spent six seasons with Buriram, nodded in from close range from a corner to seal the table-toppers' fifth successive win and fourth victory in a row since the league's resumption.

Newly promoted BG Pathum's nearest challengers are now Ratchaburi Mitr Phol after they condemned Bangkok United to a third successive defeat as Philip Roller's winner secured a 2-1 victory that saw them leapfrog their opponents into second place.

The two games were the only matches in Thailand over the weekend after they had initially been postponed back in September for COVID-19 related incidences.

Vietnam: Top four record wins

With Vietnam's V.League having now split into two for the Championship and Relegation Round, the race is on at both ends and it was a good weekend for those in the top four positions.

Leaders Saigon maintained their two-point advantage at the summit as they edged Hong Linh Ha Tinh 2-1 but Viettel kept the pressure on them by cruising to a 4-1 victory over Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

A point further back, Than Quang Ninh eased to a 3-0 win against Becamex Binh Duong, and defending champions Hanoi FC will feel they are still in the hunt after seeing off Ho Chi Minh City FC 2-0.

At the other end of the table, Da Nang look well clear of any danger after a 1-0 win over second-from-bottom Hai Phong saw them move 10 points clear of the one relegation place, while Thanh Hoa and Nam Dinh ended 1-1.

But things appear increasingly desperate for bottom side Quang Nam, who lost 4-1 against Song Lam Nghe An and remain four points from safety having not won since early July.

Malaysia: JDT finish unbeaten, Kedah reach 2021 AFC Cup

They may have seen Malaysian superstar Safawi Rasid depart for Portugal but the wins keep on coming for Johor Darul Ta'zim, who scored five times in the final 20 minutes to defeat Melaka United 5-0 and finish the 2020 season unbeaten.

Kedah rounded off a fine season by winning an entertaining encounter against Perak 3-2 to finish in second position and qualify for the AFC Cup for the first time since 2009 following goals from Kpah Sherman, Fadzrul Danel and Renan.

Terengganu, meanwhile, came third as they ran out 2-1 victors over Pahang to move above Perak following what was their third successive win in a strong end to their campaign.

There was less good news for Felda United, however, as a 6-1 loss against Selangor ended any chance they had of surviving in the top flight to mean they are relegated alongside PDRM, whose season ended winless following a 4-1 defeat to Petaling Jaya City.

Cambodia: Crucial victories at the top

Things look like they're going down to the wire in Cambodia as league leaders Boeung Ket defeated National Defense Ministry 2-0 on Sunday to stay two points clear at the top.

But defending champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng's win by the same scoreline over Visakha means the destiny of the title will be decided in the final round of fixtures in two weeks' time as a gripping finale ensues.

Capital city side Phnom Penh Crown stay third after edging NagaWorld 1-0, while National Police overcame Kirivong Sok Sen Chey 2-1 with the two sides in the upper reaches of the bottom half and safe from danger.

But Electricite du Cambodge remain in trouble after they lost 4-3 against Angkor Tiger to stay four points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play. Bati Academy U18, who didn't play at the weekend, currently sit in the drop zone.

Laos: Toyota cruise unbeaten season

Finally, Lao Toyota were the second team in ASEAN to complete an unbeaten season at the weekend as the Laotian champions defeated Lao Police Club 3-1 to round off their campaign in style.

Master 7 finished in second place as they condemned Vientiane FT to a winless season following a 5-2 victory while Young Elephant came third after easing to a 5-0 win over Viengchanh.

Having read up on the action from across Southeast Asia, tell us who impressed you the most over the past week by voting below.

Poll ends at 16:00 (UTC+8) on Friday, October 16.


Photo: BG Pathum United

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