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East Asia Wrap: Late winner keeps Ulsan on track; Frontale claim Clasico


Hong Kong: Kim In-sung was the the hero for Ulsan Hyundai against Suwon FC in the K League 1, while Kawasaki Frontale defeated local rivals FC Tokyo in the Tamagawa Clasico.

As well as a full set of domestic match fixtures from Korea Republic and Japan top flights, there was league action in Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East Asia.

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Korea Republic: 10-man Ulsan in debt to In-sung

A trip to bottom side Suwon FC may have looked a formality for Hong Myung-bo's Continental champions Ulsan Hyundai, but the sending off of Kim Tae-hyeon with three minutes of the first half remaining put a different complexion on proceedings in Sunday's tie.

But deep into stoppage time, Kim In-sung was in the right place, at the right time, to fire home a dramatic winner to ensure the Horangi made it three wins from three to keep the pressure on champions Jeonbuk Hyundai at the top.

Pressure that the early season frontrunners are showing no signs of as of yet if their 5-0 demolition of Incheon United was anything to go by as braces from Han Kyo-won and Lee Seung-gi were followed by a strike from Modou Barrow to ensure an emphatic win at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

Meanwhile, FC Seoul's poor run continues as they registered a third consecutive defeat at home to Pohang Steelers, enabling Seongnam FC to leapfrog them into third after their 2-0 win over Gwanju FC.

Gangwon FC also moved into the top five with a 3-0 win over Daegu FC as their turnaround from a difficult beginning to the season continues. Since their opening three defeats, Kim Byung-soo's side are now unbeaten in six games.

In the weekend's other tie, Jeju United edged Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2-1 thanks to Joo Min-kyu's 87th minute winner.


Japan: Frontale claim bragging rights in derby

It's now 10 games unbeaten in the 2021 J1 League season for champions Kawasaki Frontale and they chose a significant tie to mark the milestone with a comprehensive win in the Tamagawa Clasico over rivals FC Tokyo.

A brace from Akihiro Ienaga and strikes from Kaoru Mitoma and Leandro Damiao proved enough to see off their hosts FC Tokyo who responded with goals from Adailton and Takuya Uchida in the 4-2 defeat.

Second-placed Nagoya Grampus are determined to keep within sight of Frontale, however, and they enjoyed their own convincing away win with a 3-0 victory at Oita Trinita thanks to an own-goal from Keisuke Saka and efforts from Ryogo Yamasaki and Yoichiro Kakitani.

Vissel Kobe, meanwhile, had a late goal from Kyogo Furuhashi to thank for the 1-1 draw at home to Shimizu S-Pulse that took them into third, with Sagan Tosu a further point behind in fourth courtesy of a 3-0 drubbing of Yokohama FC.

Rounding out the top five are Cerezo Osaka who were held to a 2-2 draw with Avispa Fukuoka who played out the majority of the tie with 10 men after Takaaki Shichi received a 14th minute red card.

Elsewhere there were wins from Shonan Bellmare, Urawa Red Diamonds and Kashiwa Reysol, while Vegalta Sendai and Yokohama F. Marinos and Consadole Sapporo and Kashima Antlers split the points.


Hong Kong: Goals galore in the HKPL

There was no shortage of action in the Hong Kong Premier League over the weekend with 13 goals coming from the three matches on show.

Frontrunners Kitchee SC put three past Resources Capital FC with veteran Dejan Damjanovic netting a brace, while Ho Chun-ting scored his first top flight goal.

Meanwhile TSW Pegasus' Marquinhos scored a dramatic 20-minute hat-trick to turn the tables on Lee Man FC, while Southern District and Happy Valley shared an exciting six-goal thriller, drawing 3-3.


Chinese Taipei: 2021 season kicks off

Proceedings got underway in the Chinese Taipei Premier League on Sunday with some intriguing results to open the 2021 calendar.

Champions Tainan City were held by Hang Yuen FC 1-1, while the colourfully named Taipei Flight Skywalkers, formerly Red Lions FC, also shared the points away at three-time winners Tatung FC.

Newly promoted CPC FC performed admirably in a narrow 1-0 loss to Taichung Futuro, while Taipower are the early league leaders after a 2-0 win over TSU FC.

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