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East Asia and ASEAN Wrap: Domestic double for Kawasaki Frontale, action galore in A League

Kuala Lumpur: Japan's Kawasaki Frontale clinched their first-ever Emperor's Cup over the weekend, while the A League kicked off with high octane action.

In Thailand, the second round of the Thai FA Cup concluded with Chiangrai United defeating Sukhothai FC while the Thai League resumes on Tuesday. Join as we review the domestic action in East Asia and ASEAN.

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Japan: Kawasaki Frontale begin 2021 on a high note

Kawasaki Frontale were celebrating over the New Year weekend after Kaoru Mitoma slotted home the winning goal in the Emperor's Cup final against Gamba Osaka on Friday.

It was a momentous occasion for the Kanagawa-based club, as not only did they lift their first Emperor's Cup but it was their first time achieving a domestic double, having secured the J1 League title last month after finishing on 83 points, 18 more than second-placed Gamba Osaka.

Australia: Central Coast Mariners take early lead in A League

The A League was back in action on the second day of 2021, with four teams picking up wins as the competition gathers steam.

Defending champions Sydney FC opened their 2020-21 season with a 2-1 win over Wellington Phoenix. Mirza Muratovic equalised for Wellington near the end of the first half, after Calem Nieuwenhof broke the deadlock in the 29th minute. Luke Brattan, however, scored the winner in the 55th minute to seal the win.

Brisbane Roar recorded an emphatic 3-1 win against Melbourne Victory, with Scott McDonald, Macaulay Gillesphey and Dylan Wenzel-Halls picking up a goal each.

Central Coast Mariners are the early pacesetters, defeating Macarthur FC 2-0 through goals by Daniel De Silva and Jordan Smylie on Sunday to move to six points. Mariners had opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Thursday.

Second half goals by Tomi Juric and Stefan Mauk steered Adelaide United to a 2-0 win over Melbourne City on Sunday.

Thailand: Chiangrai United move on

The second round of the Thai FA Cup came to a close with Chiangrai United beating Sukhothai 1-0 last Wednesday, with Brazilian striker Bill scoring in the 74th minute.

Chiangrai joined Port FC, Buriram United and Muangthong United in the third round, which will be played on January 13.



There is little time for Chiangrai to rest though with Thai League resuming on Tuesday, where they are scheduled to take on Port FC.

*Poll ends at 16:00 (UTC+8) on January 8.


Photo: Japan Football Association

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