East Asia Leagues Wrap: Beijing FC slip up as CSL has new league leaders
Kuala Lumpur: Five of East Asia's Member Associations saw domestic league action on the weekend with plenty of drama and excitement to be savoured.
There was significant movement in the title chase in China PR and Korea Republic on the weekend, the J.League continues to intrigue, and the action in Mongolia and Chinese Taipei recommenced after a break in the season.
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The biggest news from the weekend's action came from China PR after Beijing FC relinquished their grasp on top spot for the first time since April 5.
The capital city club's shock 1-0 defeat away at Jiangsu FC on Sunday meant Guangzhou Evergrande, by a single point, are the new frontrunners in the league following Gameweek 19.
The southern China heavweights comprehensively defeated city rivals Guangzhoiu R&F 5-0 away, while Shanghai SIPG, now a point further back in third, could only draw 2-2 at Chongqing Lifan.
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While there was no change among the top three in the K-League 1 there was also a significant result in the capital as third placed FC Seoul lost 4-2 at home to league leaders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Hong Jeong-ho's brace and strikes from Kim Seung-dae and Ricardo Lopes pushed Choi Yong-soo's side six points behind Jeonbuk in front of over 28,000 at Seoul World Cup Stadium.
Second placed side Ulsan Hyundai also enjoyed an important 2-1 win over the side in fourth, Gangwon FC, to remain a point behind Jeonbuk with a game in hand.
After the previous weeks' fireworks in the Tamagawa Clasico, when Kawasaki Frontale defeated league leaders FC Tokyo 3-0 on their own turf, things settled down in the J.League on the weekend.
While Frontale (fourth) and Oita Trinita (fifth) will face off next Saturday, the top three all picked up victories with FC Tokyo bouncing back with a 2-0 win away at Shimizu S-Pulse.
Yokohama F. Marinos were also triumphant on the road by the same scoreline against Vissel Kobe, while 2019 AFC Champions League quarter-finalists Kashima Antlers have temporarily leap-frogged Frontale with a 2-1 win at home to Sagan Tosu.
After a three-week break, the domestic championship in Chinese Taipei was back in action as second placed Taipower narrowed the gap to top spot.
Taipower's convincing 3-0 win over TSU means only goal difference separates them from league leaders Tatung, whose match against Taichung Futuro was postponed giving them a game in hand.
With Tainan City's match against Hang Yuen FC also postponed, the weekend's other result saw Ming Chuan University defeat FC Taicheng 3-1.
As in Chinese Taipei, the league in Mongolia returned after a three-week break.
The big results came on Sunday as second placed FC Erchim's 5-1 away win at Khaan Khuns Titem saw them gain ground on league leader Ulaanbaatar City who could only draw 2-2 with Deren, the team in fifth.
Ulaanbaatar City's lead at the top is now cut to just a point with Athletic 220, in third, a futher three points adrift.
Photo: Guangzhou Evergrande
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