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East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Five-star Jeonbuk end slump in emphatic fashion

Hong Kong: Defending K League 1 champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors finally snapped an eight-match winless run with a comprehensive 5-1 win at Seongnam FC on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the A-League's regular season concluded in Australia, the J League Cup took place in Japan, and there was domestic league action in Macau, so join as we review all that happened across East Asia and ASEAN.

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Korea Republic: Jeonbuk return to winning ways

Ahead of yesterday's league fixture, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors had not won in any competition in Korea Republic since April 18 when they edged Seongnam FC 1-0 in Jeonju.

So it was perhaps appropriate that they would snap their dismal streak against the very same opponents, albeit this time in far more comprehensive style.

A stunning Paik Seung-ho free-kick got the ball rolling in the 16th minute with his first goal for Jeonbuk, before Kim Min-hyeok was sent off for hosts Seongnam just eight minutes later.

While it was a slim lead at half-time, Brazilian striker Gustavo's 20-minute second-half hat-trick put the result out of question and, even after Fejsal Muli pulled one back on 81 minutes, Gustavo's fourth, and Jeonbuk's fifth, of the day ensured it was merely a consolation.

In the weekend's other fixture, Daegu stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches although they would have been disappointed with a share of the spoils against FC Seoul as a late Aleksandar Palocevic penalty denied them the victory, and cancelled out Tsubasa Nishi's opener.

Australia: Sydney FC enter Finals Series with winning momentum

Defending Grand Final champions Sydney FC picked up their fifth win in a row on Sunday to move into the Finals Series in ominous form after they defeated Brisbane Roar 2-0 in Queensland.

Kosta Barbarouses opened the scoring on 16 minutes for Steve Corica's side before Harry Van Der Saag's late second in stoppage time ensured all three points for the Sky Blues.

The Roar will be joining Premiers runners-up Sydney FC in the Finals Series as the fourth-placed side, unable to leapfrog Central Coast Mariners who cemented their spot in third with their own 2-0 win over Western United.

Adelaide United's draw with Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday did present a chance to A-League debutants Macarthur FC to move higher up in the top six, but Friday's 3-0 loss at home to Wellington Phoenix sees them settle for sixth place and a place in the Finals Series.

In the weekend's other ties, the points were shared in the Melbourne derby between Premiers City and second-from-bottom Victory, while Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory also played out draw with the same 1-1 scoreline.

Japan: J.League Cup Play-off Stage gets underway

With no J1 League action over the weekend, attention turned to the J.League Cup over the weekend with eight teams in action in the play-off stage.

Having played their first leg on Wednesday, the most decisive tie was on Sunday between Kashima Antlers and Shimizu S-Pulse with the 2-1 win for Kashima proving enough to progress 3-1 on aggregate.

Also on Sunday saw the first-leg encounter between Vissel Kobe and Urawa Red Diamonds and although Douglas gave the hosts an early lead just three minutes into the tie, visitors Urawa bounced back with goals from Atsuki Ito and Shinzo Koroki to ensure a 2-1 lead ahead of the second leg on June 13.

Shonan Bellmare will also enjoy home advantage in the second leg with a goal lead after their 1-0 win away at FC Tokyo on Saturday, while it's even harder to call the tie between Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Yokohama F. Marinos after their first meeting ended in a 1-1 draw.

Macau: Five star C.P.K crush Ching Fung

C.P.K's charge to the Macau domestic championship continues unabated as they dispatched Ching Fung 5-0 on Thursday.

Their beaten opponents did, however, finish the weekend on a positive note as their tie with Casa de Portugal on Sunday ended in a 4-2 scoreline in their favour.


Photo: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

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