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East Asia Wrap: FC Seoul secure Super Match bragging rights 


Hong Kong: In Korea Republic's biggest football rivalry, between FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, the spoils went the way of the capital city side after a 2-1 win at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Sunday.

In China PR, Beijing FC and Shanghai SIPG continue the battle for top spot in Group B, while it was a goal-filled weekend of fixtures in Japan including a wild seven-goal thriller in Sapporo.

There was also a full set of matches in the Mongolia and Chinese Taipei leagues, so join the-AFC.com as we wrap up the best of the action from across East Asia.

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Korea Republic: Derby delight for Seoul; Leaders drop points

With both frontrunners Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors failing to extend their leads at the top after draws with Daegu FC and Gwangju respectively, it was the Super Match between FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings that was the main focus in the K League 1 over the weekend.

An own-goal from Suwon's Jo Sung-jin gave the hosts the lead before club veteran Yeom Ki-hun restored parity from the spot, but the final say was via a stunning curling effort from on-loan midfielder Han Seung-gyu who ensured all three points went to FC Seoul.

The win not only extends Seoul's unbeaten run in the derby to 18 games, but also moves them into the top six, three behind Daegu, while Suwon remain in a struggle to avoid relegation.

In the weekend's other fixtures, third-placed Sangju Sangmu were held to a goalless draw by Seongnam, the same result shared by Busan IPark and Incheon United, while Pohang Steelers made it three wins on the trot with a 3-0 win over Gangwon that takes them within a point of Sangju Sangmu.


Japan: Sensational scenes in Sapporo

Two goals up to 3-2 down and then a winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time to secure the victory, Sapporo Dome hosted a classic on Sunday as Urawa Red Diamonds edged out Consadole Sapporo.

Kenyu Sugimoto's brace has visitors Urawa in the ascendancy, but a Jay Bothroyd double levelled things up. Sugimoto then had the ball in the net for a third time, although unfortunately it was his own as Consadole went ahead on 67 minutes.

Reds' defender Tomoaki Makino made it 3-3 with 15 minutes to go, however, before substitute Kai Shibato ensured a grandstand finish with his strike deep into stoppage time.

Elsewhere, league leaders Kawasaki Frontale secured another convincing win after hammering Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5-1, although Cerezo Osaka ensured that lead remained at eight points with their own 2-1 win over defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos.

Third-placed FC Tokyo dropped the pace, though, after drawing 2-2 with Vissel Kobe, while Nagoya Grampus were stunned 3-2 by Yokohama FC. Meanwhile, Kashima Antlers recent run of form continues as they picked up a fifth consecutive victory to move into fifth place.


China PR: Heavyweights remain in charge

The three teams who have emerged as the dominant sides in the last few seasons remain on track in the 2020 Chinese Super League as Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai SIPG and Beijing FC stayed in imperious form.

Guangzhou Evergrande's 2-0 win over Shenzhen FC on Wednesday saw them stretch their unbeaten run to seven games and remain in pole position in Group A, while on Thursday Beijing and SIPG, ahead of the capital side by two points in Group B, secured victories against Tianjin Teda and Qingdao Huanghai.

The weekend's fixtures saw Shijiazhuang Everbright leapfrog Wuhan Zall into third in Group B with a narrow 1-0 win, while Chongqing Lifan defeated Hebei CFFC 3-1.

On Sunday, two late goals helped Guangzhou R&F secure a dramatic 3-3 draw with Jiangsu FC, while Guangzhou Evergrande secured an important 2-1 win over Shandong Luneng, a victory that helped make up for their defeat in the previous meeting with the Jinan club, their only loss so far in the 2020 campaign.


Mongolia: Points shared in top two battle

Khangarid remain on top of the Mongolia Premier League, but only just, as they managed to hold off challengers Athletic 220 and end their eight-match winning streak following Sunday's 1-1 draw.

The result sees Athletic 220 remain two points behind the frontrunners, while Falcons' 3-1 win over Ulaanbaatar City sees a newcomer entering the equation as the club leapfrogged Khaan Khuns - Erchim who suffered a surprise 2-1 reversal to sixth-placed Deren.

In the weekend's other ties, Sumida Gepro lost 3-2 to Ulaanbaatar while UB Mazaalaynuud edged out Anduud City.


Chinese Taipei: Three-way lead at the summit continues

In Chinese Taipei it's anyone's guess who'll emerge triumphant as three teams continue to share pole position as Tainan City, Taipower and Taichung Futuro all registered wins over the weekend to tally 33 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Hang Yuen FC remain in fourth after they disappointingly drew 2-2 with bottom side Taipei Red Lions that sees them drop to seven points behind the leading trio.


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