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East Asia Wrap: SIPG defeat Beijing to go top of CSL Group B


Hong Kong: Fans returned in China PR over the weekend as Shanghai SIPG came from a goal down to defeat Beijing FC 2-1 on Saturday and leapfrog their Group B rivals at the top of the standings 

There was a first defeat of the season for runaway J1 League leaders Kawasaki Frontale after they went down to Nagoya Grampus while the top two in Korea Republic – Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors – chalked up more victories.

And Khangarid won again in Mongolia to remain five points clear at the top of the standings, so join the-AFC.com as we bring you up to speed with the domestic action from across East Asia.

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China PR: Shanghai SIPG into pole position as fans return

Wang Shenchao and Oscar were both on the scoresheet as Shanghai SIPG came from a goal behind to beat Beijing FC 2-1 and move above the capital city side at the top of the Group B table.

In a game that saw up to 2,000 supporters per team return to the stadium, Beijing had earlier taken the lead through Cedric Bakambu but SIPG fought back to deal their opponents a first defeat of the season.

Elsewhere in Group B, Hebei CFFC are up to fourth after winning 3-1 against third-placed Wuhan Zall, Chongqing Lifan edged Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 1-0 and Qingdao Huanghai beat bottom side Tianjin Teda 2-0.

A late Paulinho winner helped Guangzhou Evergrande see off Jiangsu FC 2-1 on Thursday and remain top of Group A in a game that would have seen their opponents jump above them had they suffered defeat.

Shandong Luneng rose to second after Marouane Fellaini scored from the spot in the final 10 minutes to claim a 2-1 win over Henan Jianye, while Guangzhou R&F made it two wins in a row after an Eran Zahavi brace in a 3-2 victory against Shanghai Shenhua.

But things are going from bad to worse for Rafael Benitez's Dalian Pro, whose 3-2 defeat against Shenzhen means they remain bottom of the standings and still in search of their first win.


Japan: Nagoya deal Kawasaki first defeat

Mu Kanazaki's goal just before half-time was enough for Nagoya Grampus to claim a 1-0 win over runaway J1 League leaders Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday in what was the table-toppers' first loss of the 2020 campaign.

The win saw Nagoya rise to third, while second-placed Cerezo Osaka took advantage of the result with Tatsuhiro Sakamoto scoring the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory against Vegalta Sendai to close the gap at the top to seven points.

FC Tokyo are up to fourth after running out 3-0 winners against bottom side Shonan Bellmare, with fifth-placed Kashiwa Reysol ending goalless against Oita Trinita.

Defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos made it two wins from two by defeating Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-1 to move into the top half of the table and Vissel Kobe returned to winning ways after Hotaru Yamaguchi's winner in a 2-1 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds.

There was another big win for Yokohama FC as they made it three on the bounce by seeing off Shimizu S-Pulse 3-2 while the match between Kashima Antlers and Gamba Osaka ended goalless.

That game at Kashima Soccer Stadium brought the curtain down on the career of Atsuto Uchida, who was brought off the bench after 16 minutes, with the former Japan international right-back announcing his retirement last week.


Korea Republic: Top two win again

The pulsating race at the top of Korea Republic's K1 League continued at the weekend as Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors claimed victories on Sunday to stretch further clear of the chasing pack.

The league's top scorer Junior Negrao bagged a brace as Ulsan ran out 2-1 winners over Seongnam, while Brazilian Gustavo struck late to seal a 2-1 win for Jeonbuk over third-placed Sangju Sanmu.

The results mean there is still just a point separating the top two as, just like in 2019, the battle between the pair looks set to go right to the wire.

Elsewhere, bottom side Incheon United made it two wins from two as Song Si-woo struck the only goal of the game to defeat second-from-bottom Suwon Samsung Bluewings and move within three points of their opponents.

FC Seoul's three-game winning run was brought to an end as they finished goalless against Gwangju, with the game between Gangwon and Daegu FC also finishing in a stalemate.

Busan IPark ended their recent slump as a 2-1 victory against Pohang Steelers marked a first win in six league games.


Mongolia: Khangarid win battle of top two

Khangarid remain five points clear at the top of the Mongolian Premier League after a resounding 8-2 victory over Anduud City on Saturday, but second-placed Khaan Khuns - Erchim are keeping up the chase, with a 5-1 win over Sumida Gepro their fourth successive victory.

SP Falcons returned to winning ways following three games without a victory as they saw off Deren 5-1 to move third, while defending champions Ulaanbaatar City are up to fourth after running out 5-0 winners over UB Mazaalaynuud.


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