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East Asia Wrap: Jeonbuk add FA Cup to K League title


Hong Kong: A second-half double from Lee Seung-gi helped Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors come from a goal down to defeat Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 on Sunday to claim the 2020 Korean FA Cup after a 3-2 aggregate win as they completed a league–cup double.

Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu FC played out a goalless draw in the first leg of the Chinese Super League championship playoff while Yokohama FC and Sagan Tosu secured wins in Japan.

The league is poised for an exciting climax in Chinese Taipei while there were also games in Hong Kong, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from East Asia.

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Korea Republic: Jeonbuk wrap up double

After winning their fourth successive K League 1 title last week, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors dealt Ulsan Hyundai more misery as the Jeonju side came from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium and claim the league–cup double for the first time in their history following a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Last week, Jeonbuk pipped Ulsan to the post on the final day of the league season to be crowned champions of their country for the eighth time before the sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the FA Cup final on Wednesday.

Looking to get revenge for their final-day heartbreak, Ulsan took an early lead in the return meeting when the prolific Junior Negrao prodded home from close range at the second attempt.

But the league champions levelled early in the second half through Lee Seung-gi's neat finish and it would be a familiar tale for Ulsan as Lee further compounded their misery with just under 20 minutes to play.

Collecting the ball just outside the area, the 32-year-old fizzed a low, left-footed effort into the bottom left corner with what proved the winning goal as Jeonbuk won the FA Cup for the fourth time but first since 2005.


China PR: Guangzhou and Jiangsu end in stalemate

There was nothing to separate defending Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu FC as the pair played out a scoreless draw in the first leg of the 2020 championship playoff on Sunday.

Looking to secure a record-extending ninth CSL crown in 10 years, Guangzhou thought they had opened the scoring through Fernandinho in the first half although the goal was ruled out for an earlier infringement as the destiny of the 2020 title remained firmly in the balance ahead of Thursday's second leg.

Elsewhere, with qualification to the 2021 AFC Champions League on offer for the winners of the third place playoff between Beijing FC and Shanghai SIPG, it was the capital city side who gained a slim advantage from the first leg on Saturday.

Cedric Bakambu put Beijing a goal up midway through the first half before Chi Zhongguo doubled the advantage shortly after the restart to put Bruno Genesio's side in a strong position. However, a last-minute own goal from goalkeeper Guo Quanbo ensures Shanghai go into the return meeting on Wednesday with plenty of hope.

In the battle at the bottom, there was nothing to separate Shijiazhuang Ever Bright and Wuhan Zall as the pair ended goalless in the first leg of the 15th-16th place playoff on Saturday.

The sides will meet again on Wednesday with the losers to be relegated to the second tier and the winner to play a relegation playoff against the second-placed team from China League One.


Japan: Yokohama FC and Sagan Tosu seal wins

Yokohama FC left it late to defeat Vissel Kobe in the J1 League on Sunday as Reo Yasunaga struck in the final minute to secure a come-from-behind 2-1 win and help his side move further clear of the bottom three sides.

The only other league fixture at the weekend saw Sagan Tosu also claim three points after they won 3-0 away at bottom side Vegalta Sendai to stay in 15th place, one position behind Yokohama.

There will, however, be no relegation at the end of the 2020 campaign.


Hong Kong: Kitchee, Eastern lead the way

In Hong Kong's Sapling Cup, Kitchee SC are one point clear at the top of Group A after coming from two goals down to seal a 5-3 win over Rangers on Sunday to stay ahead of Lee Man, who eased to a 4-1 win over Pegasus.

Eastern SC are out in front of Group B, meanwhile, after defeating second-placed Happy Valley 2-0 on Saturday to open up a three-point lead at the top, while Resources Capital and Southern drew 1-1.


Chinese Taipei: Tainan open up three-point lead

With two rounds of fixtures remaining in Chinese Taipei, Tainan City lead Taipower by three points after a resounding 5-0 victory over TSU FC on Sunday, with Taipower having no game at the weekend.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Hang Yuan drew 1-1 against fifth-placed Tatung while Taipei Red Lions won the battle of the bottom two after seeing off Ming Chuan University 3-0 to move four points clear of their opponents.

The next round of fixtures in two weeks' time sees Tainan City take on Hang Yuan and and Taipower face off against TSU FC as the league looks set for a gripping final.


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Photos: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

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