Kuala Lumpur: Seven points is the difference at the top of the J.League and Chinese Super League after FC Tokyo and Guangzhou Evergrande enjoyed excellent weekends.
Elsewhere in East Asia, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are closing in on Ulsan Hyundai in Korea Republic and things remain neck-and-neck in Chinese Taipei and Mongolia. Here’s our look back at the action across the region.
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FC Tokyo won their third successive match in the J.League after edging Vegalta Sendai 1-0 on Saturday, and their day got even better as both the second and third-placed teams lost.
Defending champions Kawasaki Frontale, who dropped from second to third, suffered a 3-0 at defeat against Nagoya Grampus while Kashima Antlers moved from fourth to second after a 2-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos, who now occupy fourth position.
At the other end of the table, Sagan Tosu climbed out of the bottom two after a 2-1 win at Cerezo Osaka, while Jubilo Iwata are now six points from safety after a 3-2 home loss against Shonan Bellmare.
Guangzhou Evergrande maintained their superb league form of late by running out 3-1 winners over second-placed Beijing FC to extend their lead to seven points at the summit. Elkeson's goal means he is now the top scorer in the history of the Chinese Super League, overtaking former teammate Wu Lei.
Guangzhou’s city rivals, Guangzhou R&F, ensured another miserable weekend for Shanghai SIPG after equalising in the 98th minute to secure a 2-2 draw to leave the defending champions eight points off the pace after four successive draws.
Shandong Luneng’s 3-0 win over Hebei CFFC leaves the Jinan side looking comfortable in fourth, particularly after Jiangsu FC and Dalian Yifang, in fifth and sixth place, shared a 2-2 draw on Friday.
Ulsan Hyundai’s lead at the top of K League 1 is now just two points after Edgar Silva netted a late equaliser for Daegu FC in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Perennial champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were able to capitalise by posting a 2-1 away win against Pohang Steelers ahead of the top two’s meeting on Friday. FC Seoul remain in third but a scoreless draw with Gangwon means they stay eight points adrift of Ulsan.
Jeju United are now bottom after losing 4-1 to Sangju Sangmu as Incheon United moved above them following a 1-0 win over Suwon Samsung Bluewings.
There was no movement at the top of the Mongolia Premier League as leaders Erchim FC defeated Deren 1-0 and second-placed Ulaanbaatar City overcame Khoromkhon 4-0.
The pair remain locked on 32 points, five clear of third-placed Athletic 220, and will square off in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.
Tatung enjoyed a comfortable run-out on Sunday as the leaders in Chinese Taipei cruised to a 6-1 victory over Ming Chuan University, but Taipower’s entertaining 4-3 win over Tainan City means they are second on goal difference alone.
Hang Yuen FC remain in third, six points off the pace, after dealing TSU a 3-0 defeat.
Photo: FC Tokyo
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