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ASEAN Wrap: Western Sydney overcome city rivals in derby

Kuala Lumpur: Scott McDonald scored the decisive goal as Western Sydney Wanderers claimed bragging rights by defeating Sydney FC 3-2 on Saturday, while Melbourne City are now three points clear at the A-League summit after a 3-1 win over Newcastle Jets. 

For the second successive week, Johor Darul Ta'zim failed to pick up all three points in Malaysia, allowing Kedah and Penang to close the gap, and the title race in Vietnam is heating up with just three points separating Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Viettel.

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Australia: Western Sydney win derby, league leaders open up three-point gap

Western Sydney Wanderers won their first game in seven as they ran out 3-2 winners over Sydney FC on Saturday after goals from Bruce Kamau, Mitchell Duke and Scott McDonald claimed all three points as they moved up to seventh in the standings.

Kamau opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Duke doubled the hosts' advantage soon after. Alex Wilkinson pulled one back shortly after the interval but McDonald restored the two-goal lead with 15 minutes to play, while Bobo's stoppage-time goal proved merely a consolation.

It was a good weekend for Melbourne City as the A-League pacesetters eased to a 3-1 victory over bottom side Newcastle Jets on Thursday before seeing second-placed Central Coast Mariners and third-placed Sydney drop points in the ensuing days.

Andrew Nabbout, Scott Jamieson and Jamie Maclaren were all on the scoresheet as they stretched their unbeaten run to five games and opened up a three-point lead at the top, while they also have two games in hand on the two teams directly below them.

Central Coast took an early lead against Melbourne Victory through Matt Simon but were pegged back after the interval as Callum McManaman sealed a point for the league's second-bottom side.

Elsewhere, the games between Adelaide United and Western United, Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix, and Perth Glory and Macarthur FC all ended goalless.

Malaysia: Kedah close in on JDT

Perennial Malaysia Super League champions Johor Darul Ta'zim dropped points for the second successive week after playing out a 1-1 draw against Kuala Lumpur United on Friday as their lead at the top was cut to just a point.

Terengganu, though, missed out on the chance to move level on points with JDT after suffering a 4-1 loss to Penang, who rose to third in the table as their opponents fell to fourth.

Kedah, meanwhile, are now in second after Kpah Sherman bagged a brace in a 3-1 victory over Melaka United, and they will go into Tuesday's top-of-the-table clash against JDT full of confidence.

In the other matches in Malaysia, Selangor remain in fifth after seeing off Petaling Jaya City 2-1, Sabah beat Perak by the same scoreline and Pahang cruised to a 5-0 win over bottom side UiTM.

Vietnam: Leaders held, defending champions seal late win

V.League frontrunners Hoang Anh Gia Lai were held to a 2-2 draw by Becamex Binh Duong on Sunday as Kiatisuk Senamuang's side saw their lead at the summit cut to three points.

Defending champions Viettel left it late to overcome Da Nang but ultimately picked up all three points after a Hoang Minh Tam own goal in the 91st minute secured a last-gasp 2-1 win as they upped the pressure on the leaders..

Than Quang Ninh are a further seven points back after playing out a 1-1 draw against Binh Dinh as the V.League looks increasingly like shaping up to be a two-horse race.

Bottom of the table just a few weeks ago, Hong Linh Ha Tinh's recent revival continued after they recorded a third consecutive victory following a 3-2 win over Nam Dinh as they rose to 10th in the 14-team league.

Geovane Magno was at the double as Hanoi FC returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory against Saigon, whose near neighbours Ho Chi Minh City FC overcame Hai Phong 3-0.

And Song Lam Nghe An remain bottom of the pile after going down 1-0 against Thanh Hoa with what was their third defeat in a row.

Singapore: Tampines ease to victory

Finally, there was just one game in the Singapore Premier League at the weekend as Tampines Rovers proved too good for bottom side Young Lions by running out 4-0 winners to rise to third.

Zehrudin Mehmedovic, Irwin Shah, Kyoga Nakamura and Taufik Suparno were all on the scoresheet as Tampines closed the gap on league leaders Albirex Niigata (S) to just three points.


Photo: Western Sydney Wanderers

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