East Asia Leagues Wrap: New leaders in Mongolia; Guangzhou go further ahead
Kuala Lumpur: East Asia brought plenty of excitement in the latest edition of our weekly focus on the domestic action across the regions.
With few ties in Korea Republic and Japan in their latest round of fixtures, we focus on Mongolia, China PR and Chinese Taipei where there is significant movement at the top of their respective standings.
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For the first time since May 18, there are new frontrunners in Mongolia after FC Erchim leap-frogged Ulaanbaatar City following the weekend's games.
A point behind the leaders going into Saturday's tie with Anduud City, Erchim's 3-0 win put the heat on their city rivals ahead of a clash with Khangarid a day later.
And Ulaanbaatar City cracked under the pressure, losing 3-0 to the team from Erdenet. Not only did they lose their grip on top spot, but they now face pressure from third placed Athletic 220 who are just a point behind after a 9-3 win over Khoromkhon.
FT | Андууд сити 0-3 Эрчим Мазала үндэсний дээд лигийн 12-р тойрогт чухал хэрэгтэй 3 оноогоо авлаа. #ErchimFC2019Posted by ERCHIM FC on Saturday, 27 July 2019
Across the border, Guangzhou Evergrande are beginning to give themselves some breathing room at the top of the Chinese Super League.
Having ended Beijing FC's lengthy stay at the summit last time out, they were the only one of China's top four sides to secure victory in a 3-0 win over Beijing Renhe, giving themselves a four-point cushion.
Shanghai SIPG, now in second, shared a 1-1 away draw in Wuhan, while Beijing FC and Shandong Luneng suffered away defeats at Rafa Benitez's Dalian Yifang and Henan Jianye respectively.
Dalian Yifang 1-0 Shandong Luneng— Rafa Benitez Web (@rafabenitezweb) July 28, 2019
"Our opponents are very strong, both sides have opportunities in the game, and we have performed well. In the past month, the players have been learning, growing and improving"#DalianYifang #shandongluneng #Victory #CSL pic.twitter.com/j0Io8aHRH5
By contrast in Chinese Taipei, all of the top four sides picked up maximum points from the weekend's fixtures.
Tatung and Taipower, victors over TSU and Taichung Futuro, remain first and second, albeit separated only by goal-difference. Tainan City, who defeated FC Taicheng, are six points off the running.
Hang Yuen are a further two points back having secured a 4-2 win against Ming Chuan University on Sunday.
There was just the one domestic fixture in Korea Republic's top flight over the last week, although it was a significant one.
Ulsan Hyundai's game in hand over league leaders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors ended in an exciting 2-2 draw with Sangju Sangmu last Wednesday.
The result sees Ulsan go level on points with Jeonbuk, albeit behind on goal difference, with another round of league matches set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Likewise in Japan, there was just the single domestic fixture to review, again involving some of this season's top sides as second placed Kawasaki Frontale faced Oita Trinita, who sit in fifth.
In front of over 22,000 fans at Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium, goals from Manabu Saito, Yu Kobayashi and Hiroyuki Abe secured the three points for the hosts in a 3-1 victory.
The result sees Kawasaki sit five points behind frontrunners FC Tokyo but with a game in hand - a match away at Sanfrecce Hiroshima to be played on Wednesday.
Photo: Erchim FC
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