Hong Kong: Kyoto Sanga will play in the J1 League again next season despite finishing third from bottom in the Japanese top division after they held J2 League challengers Roasso Kumamoto to a 1-1 draw in the relegation playoff final on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Super League has a new leader for the first time since June as defending champions Shandong Taishan ousted Wuhan Three Towns from the top position over the weekend after the long-term occupants fell to their second defeat in four matches.
There were also matches in Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review all the action from around East Asia.
Japan: Kyoto preserve top-flight status
Kyoto Sanga ensured they will be part of the 2023 J1 League after holding on for a 1-1 draw against second-tier outfit Roasso Kumamoto in the relegation playoff final in Kameoka on Sunday. Kyoto only had to avoid a defeat against Kumamoto, who had finished fourth in the second division, to remain in the Japanese top flight.
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