Domestic Leagues

ASEAN Wrap: Top four all win in Singapore

Kuala Lumpur: As the Singapore Premier League moves towards its midway stage, just four points separate the top four sides as the title contenders all recorded wins over the weekend. 

Things are not so close in Australia, however, as Melbourne City remain nine points clear of their nearest challenger despite a draw with Wellington Phoenix bringing an end to their four-game winning run.

Elsewhere, football returned to Cambodia for the first time in more than a month, so join as we review the best of the action from around Southeast Asia.

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Singapore: Intriguing battle heats up

There remains little to separate the top four sides in Singapore after they all recorded victories in the latest round of fixtures to mean there are only four points between table-toppers Albirex Niigata (S) and fourth-placed Hougang United.

Defending champions Albirex maintained their unbeaten record to stay on top of the pile after a hard-fought 2-1 win over bottom side Young Lions, with Fumiya Suzuki netting the decisive goal early in the second half.

But big-spending Lion City Sailors are hot on their heels as they came from behind to seal a 3-1 victory against Tanjong Pagar in a game that saw them score three second-half goals.

There were few such worries for Tampines Rovers, who were two up after 13 minutes against Balestier Khalsa before running out 5-1 winners as both Boris Koptovic and Marc Tan bagged braces.

And Hougang United also scored five, with Tomoyuki Doi at the double in a 5-2 win over Geylang International that ensures they stay firmly in the race in what is a compelling season in Singapore.

Australia: Table-toppers held, Mariners return to winning ways

A Tomer Hemed brace denied runaway A-league leaders Melbourne City a fifth successive victory as they played out a 2-2 draw with Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.

Hemed opened the scoring from the spot before Naoki Tsubaki and Jamie Maclaren put the Victoria side ahead, only for striker Hemed to level proceedings with three minutes to play and salvage a point for the New Zealand team.

Melbourne City are nine points clear of second-placed Central Coast Mariners, who they play at the weekend, as a penalty from Matt Simon sealed a 1-0 win over bottom side Newcastle Jets to ensure the Mariners ended their six-game winless run.

Defending champions Sydney FC also claimed a 1-0 win as Adam Le Fondre scored on his first game since returning from a stint in the Indian Super League, with the Englishman's penalty securing all three points against Western United.

Adelaide United are in fourth as they rebounded from a 4-1 defeat to Melbourne City on Thursday by seeing off Brisbane Roar 1-0 on Sunday, while Macarthur FC are fifth following a 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory.

And Perth Glory made it three wins from three with a resounding 5-1 scoreline against Western Sydney Wanderers in which Andy Keogh scored four. times. The Western Australia side rise to eighth and remain in the hunt for a top-six finish.

Cambodia: League action returns

Football returned to Cambodia over the weekend as the league resumed following more than a month with no action.

Prey Veng were the big winners as they saw off bottom side Soltilo Angkor 6-0 for their first win of the season. NagaWorld drew 2-2 with National Defense, while the game between Visakha and National Police ended 1-1.


Photo: Lion City Sailors

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