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ASEAN Wrap: Sydney FC's milestone; Chanathip wins battle of J1 Thais


Kuala Lumpur: A-League leaders Sydney FC were crowned A-League Premiers for a record fourth time after Wellington Phoenix drew with Adelaide United on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Thai stars Chanathip Songkrasin of Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Yokohama F. Marinos' Theerathon Bunmathan faced off in the J1 League, while there was plenty of domestic action to enjoy in Vietnam and Cambodia.

There were some big results too in the Laos championship, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at the best of the action from ASEAN.

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Australia: Sydney FC go fourth and conquer

Despite sitting out the fixtures over the weekend, results saw the Sky Blues secure an unassailable lead at the top of the A-League standings and ensured Steve Corica's men earned a fourth Premiers Plate, surpassing the three Sydney FC had previously shared with Melbourne Victory.

Wellington Phoenix's 1-1 draw with Adelaide United sees Sydney 11 points clear with a game in hand with the New Zealanders having just three matches remaining of the regular season.

In the weekend's other ties, Victory lost 2-1 to city rivals Western United on Saturday, while a day earlier Central Coast Mariners and Newcaslte Jets shared a goalless draw.


Vietnam: Saigon's winning streak ends at four, but COVID-19 suspension re-introduced after new cases

League leaders Saigon saw a four-game winning run pulled up a short in a surprise 3-3 draw with bottom side Quang Nam, but Viettel were unable to take advantage after a 1-1 draw against SHB Da Nang.

Instead, Than Quang Ninh made up ground to move level with Viettel on 19 points, four behind Saigon, after a 2-0 win over Song Lam Nghe An, while defending champions Hanoi FC continue their recent improvement in form with a big 3-0 win away at Ho Chi Minh City.

However, news on Sunday of the first locally transmitted case of CoVID-19 in nearly 100 days means that the league will now be suspended until further notice.


Cambodia: Chasing pack keep pressure on Svay Rieng

The Cambodian championship continues to intrigue with just four points separating the top four sides after the weekend's fixtures.

Front runners Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng remain in pole position after a 2-0 win over Angkor Tiger, but Boeung Ket's 3-1 win over Phnom Penh Crown has them just two points behind.

Visakha defeated Asia Euro United 10-1 to move into third, while Crown only remain in fourth as a result of superior goal difference ahead of NagaWorld who have played a game less than their city rivals.


Thailand: Chanathip shines, Teerasil's Shimizu end slump

Having been on the scoresheet last week for Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, Chanathip Songkrasin went from finisher to provider over the weekend as he made Consadole's second for Takuma Arano in a 3-1 win over defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos.

The win at Sapporo Dome sees Chanathip earn the bragging rights over compatriot and Marinos' left-back Theerathon Bunmathan in a match that would have captured the interest of their countrymen at home.

The third of Thailand's big outfield stars in Japan, Teerasil Dangda, came off the bench late on for a Shimizu S-Pulse side who finally ended their hunt for a first win of the 2020 season at the seventh time of asking, defeating Oita Trinita 4-2.


Laos: Big wins for Lao Toyota and Ezra

Defending champions Lao Toyota enjoyed a comprehensive 4-0 win over Police that sees them retain their position on top of the early Lao League standings.

However, Master 7 remain within striking distance after they edged Young Elephant 2-1 in Saturday's other tie; three points behind but with a match in hand.

In Sunday's only game, Ezra put five past Vientiane FT in an action-packed 5-3 win as they moved into third place.


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