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East Asia Leagues Wrap: Frontale heat up with big win in Tamagawa Clasico

Kuala Lumpur: There were top of the table clashes in both Japan and Korea Republic, while the top three in China PR begin to break free of the chasing pack.

Several of the region's biggest sides in the J.League, K-League and Chinese Super League registered intriguing results while in Macau, the final fixtures of the 2019 calendar brought the season to a close.

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Kawasaki Frontale's disappointing goalless draw with Sagan Tosu in their previous fixture looked less than ideal preparation for the Tamagawa Clasico against table toppers and neighbours FC Tokyo, but Toru Oniki's third-placed side responded in a big way at Ajinomoto Stadium.

Goals from Yu Kobayashi, Manabu Saito and Hiroyuki Abe gave Frontale an impressive 3-0 away victory and saw them reduce the gap to four points with a game in hand.

Yokohama F. Marinos, currently in second spot, also took advantage of FC Tokyo dropping points with a 3-1 win over AFC Champions League quarter-finalists Urawa Red Diamonds, while fourth-placed Kashima extended their unbeaten streak in the league to three games with a 4-0 win over Vegalta Sendai.

Korea Republic

With Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan Hyundai the top two sides for much of the 2019 season so far, all eyes were on Sunday's clash between the pair at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

The sides could not be separated, however, with Lee Dong-gook's penalty for the hosts cancelled out by an equaliser from Joo Min-kyu, assisted by former Jeonbuk midfielder Kim Bo-kyung.

As such, Jeonbuk remain top of the K-League by a point, although Ulsan do have a game in hand. FC Seoul, meanwhile, remain in the hunt just two points further back in third after their 2-0 away win over Incheon United on Saturday.


China PR

It was a case of 'as you were' in the Chinese Super League in the most recent round of fixtures, as league leaders Beijing FC and the two teams directly beneath them - Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG - all recorded victories.

Beijing won 4-1 in the midweek match against Chongqing Lifan, but their five-point gap lasted just a day as Guangzhou won 3-0 at Tianjin Teda on Thursday, before SIPG secured an away win in Jiangsu FC by the same scoreline on Saturday.

Fourth placed Shandong, however, were not able to keep up with the top three, losing 3-2 against Henan Jianye in Zhengzhou. As a result, the 2019 AFC Champions League participants are now 15 points off the pace.


Macau league champions C.P.K. brought the curtain down on a memorable 2019 season with a 3-0 victory over Sporting Clube de Macau on Sunday.

Coupled with runners-up Cheng Fung's 2-1 defeat to Tak Chun Ka I earlier in the day, C.P.K. finish 10 points clear at the top of the standings.

C.P.K. will look to defend their title at the 2020 league season, set to kick-off in January next year.


Photo: Kawasaki Frontale

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