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East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Ulsan and Jeonbuk stay perfect in K League

Kuala Lumpur: Dramatic late wins dominated the headlines in Korea Republic at the weekend as Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors turned draws into wins in the dying minutes to set the pace after two rounds of fixtures in the K League. 

As football slowly begins to emerge from its hiatus in certain countries around the world, two of Japan's Germany-based players were in action on Saturday as the Bundesliga resumed, while the season in Chinese Taipei is now in full flow.

Elsewhere, China PR's women are back in training and Hanoi FC stepped up their preparations for the resumption of the Vietnamese season, while ball juggling and dodgy hairdos also feature in this week's look at the action in East Asia and ASEAN.

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Korea Republic: Ulsan and Jeonbuk leave it late

Junior Negrao's 88th-minute goal saw Ulsan Hyundai come from two goals down against Suwon Samsung Bluewings to claim a 3-2 win on Sunday as the 2019 runners-up maintained their perfect start in the 2020 K League season.

Goals either side of the interval put hosts Suwon into a 2-0 lead but Brazilian Negrao and Kim In-sung drew Ulsan level soon after before Negrao's free-kick was misjudged by goalkeeper No Dong-geon as the visitors secured all three points to stay on top of the standings after two games.

Defending champions Jeonbuk left it even later as they also made it two wins from two following a 2-1 scoreline over Busan IPark on Saturday, with South African Lars Veldwijk coming off the bench to score a debut goal in the third minute of added time to seal a dramatic victory.

Pohang Steelers followed up their opening-day win over Busan by claiming a 1-1 draw away at Daegu FC, while Seongnam FC also remain unbeaten after a scoreless draw at home to Incheon United.

Moon Seon-min was on the scoresheet as Sangju Sangmu secured their first points of the season with a 2-0 win over Gangwon and FC Seoul also picked up their first points of the campaign as the capital city side saw off Gwangju 1-0 at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

After two rounds of fixtures, Ulsan and Jeonbuk are the only sides on maximum points, while at the other end of the table newly promoted Gwangju and Busan – as well as Suwon – have all lost two from two.

Japan: Duo off to losing start in Bundesliga

The resumption of Germany's Bundesliga dominated the global sporting headlines at the weekend, but it was not a happy return for Eintracht Frankfurt's Japanese pair Daichi Kamada and Makoto Hasebe.

Kamada started his side's first competitive game since mid-March and Hasebe came off the bench against Borussia Mönchengladbach, but Frankfurt succumbed to a 3-1 defeat. With nine games to play they remain well clear of the bottom two but, currently 13th, may get drawn into the relegation play-off battle that awaits the 16th-placed team.

Elsewhere, Yuya Osako's Werder Bremen, who are in the relegation zone, will round off the weekend's action when they host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday night German time.

Chinese Taipei: Hang Yuan move top

League leaders going into the weekend, Taipower FC suffered their first defeat of the season as second-from-bottom TSU FC secured their first win following a surprise 2-1 victory on Sunday.

Hang Yuan FC took full advantage by leapfrogging their rivals to the top of the standings with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Tainan City as they remained unbeaten after six games.

Third-placed Taichung Futuro are the only other side yet to suffer defeat after they eased to a 4-0 victory against bottom side Taipei Red Lions, while defending champions Tatung FC saw off Ming Chuan University 4-1.

Vietnam: Hanoi FC step up preparations with friendly win

With the V.League slated to return on June 5, Hanoi FC were in action over the weekend as they took on city neighbours Viettel in a friendly match on Saturday.

Nguyen Than Chung and Papa Ibou Kébé were the scorers for the Purple-Yellows as they came out on top of a 2-0 scoreline.

China PR: Steel Roses attend training camp in Suzhou

One of Asia's leading women's teams, China PR, were back in training over the weekend as they attended a training camp at the Suzhou Taihu Football Centre, which is due to last until May 28.

Stars including Wang Shuang, Wang Shanshan and Tang Jiali were all in attendance under the watchful eyes of head coach Jia Xiuquan at the centre based in China's eastern Jiangsu Province.

Singapore: Young Cubs juggling skills

Juggling challenges have been all the rage across social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Football Association of Singapore recently posted some of their youngest members attempting 50 consecutive juggles with mixed results!

Great job to all the girls from the Young Cubs set-up and their FAS youth coach Angeline Chua!

Malaysia: Lockdown hair getting out of control?

One of the first things people are doing once lockdown measures are lessened is heading to the barbers to get a good trim.

Johor Darul Ta'zim defender LaVere Corbin-Ong often stands out for his iconic locks, and it seems like both his facial hair and frizzy 'fro could be in need of some attention.


Photo: Ulsan Hyundai

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