Kuala Lumpur: Vissel Kobe, who number superstars Andres Iniesta, Lukas Podolski and David Villa in the line-up, are within a game of reaching the 2020 AFC Champions League after victory in the Emperor's Cup semi-final.
Elsewhere in East Asia, there was action in the Hong Kong Premier League as the league leaders enjoyed a big win and there was an intriguing battle between second and third.
Meanwhile in ASEAN, the Indonesian league came to a close with an exciting race for second place decided, while there was a full set of fixtures in Australia's A-League to enjoy.
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With a place in the Emperor's Cup Final on the line, ex-Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta used all his big game experience to help Vissel Kobe past the penultimate hurdle, scoring the opener as Thorsten Fink's side defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 3-1 in Saturday's semi-final......
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