East Asian Round-up: C.P.K are the new Macau champions

Photo: Macau Bolinha Bolão
With a first-ever winner crowned in Macau, a first against second in Mongolia and a top of the table clash in Taiwan, we have a new roundup of the latest events in the smaller East Asian leagues. 

Champions in Macau

We had new champions in Macau, with two rounds remaining in the Macau Elite League, Chao Pak Kei aka C.P.K already secured their first ever top-flight title with a fantastic 4-0 win against Ka I. C.P.K started the season as major favourites to win the league, with great signings in the offseason and with the biggest budget of the entire league it was clear for everyone that for 2019 C.P.K were the club to beat.

Entering in the 16th round of the Macau Elite League and with the side in the second spot Cheng Fung having won their match earlier, C.P.K. knew that only the three points would secure the title. They started the match against Ka I looking to finish the job as soon as possible, with all four goals of the match scored in the first half that was exactly what happened, giving no chance to Ka I for a comeback.

Pang Chi Hang opened the score at minute 14 and Diego Patriota added the second with 30 minutes played, at the end of the first half Ho Ka Seng scored a brace making the final result 4-0.

After 5 years dominated by Benfica Macau, C.P.K managed to finish a fantastic path in the last decade with as seen them rise from the Macau 4th division until the much-wanted league title of 2019.

To Mongolia 

In Mongolia, the top two were in action in an exciting match, with league leaders Ulaanbaatar City playing against Athletic 220. Coming into this match the clubs were level on 19 points closely followed by Erchim three points behind.

Ulaanbaatar City managed to win the game with the single goal scored in the first minute by Gabriel do Carmo, things got worse too for Athletic 220 at minute 32 when the team was reduced to ten men after a red card.

Erchim had a high scoring 10-0 victory against Khoromkhon catching Atletic 220 in the second position, both clubs are now three points behind the Mazala National League leaders Ulaanbaatar City.

Taiwan action  

Finally, in Taiwan, Tatung and Hang Yuen played an exciting match ending in a 2-2 draw with late drama to add some spice to the game. Tatung which are leading the league managed to score early in the match with a goal in minute two scored by Marc. The lead was doubled for Tatung at minute 25 with an outside of the area free kick, but Hang Yuen managed to reduce the deficit before the break, making the half-time score o2-1.

In the second-half, Hang Yuen tried to find the equaliser and managed to do it three minutes before the hour mark with the goal scored by Benchy. The result stayed like this until the 96th minute of the game, when Marc had the perfect opportunity to score what could have been the winner for Tatung with a penalty kick.

Although the Hang Yuen goalkeeper turned the hero for his team after making a great save. With this result coupled with the Taipower 3-0 win against Red Lions, Tatung saw their lead reduced to three points with the Taiwan Premier League entering the halfway point.

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