Dalian stay clear with three-goal win
CHINESE Professional League leaders Dalian held off the chasing pack by winning 3-0 away to Shandong.
Two goals from Gao Xu and one from Wang Tao (senior) in front of a 20,000 capacity crowd earned Dalian their 11th win of the season, putting them on 25 points.
Another full house of 37,000 saw Guangzhou beat Sichuan 1-0 to stay two points behind Dalian. The only goal of the game was scored by Peng Weijun in the 62nd minute.
Guangzhou are second on 23 points, with Liaoning third on 21 and Shanghai fourth with 20.
Two goals from Zhuang Yi helped Liaoning beat Guangdong 2-1, despite having Cheng Qiag dismissed, while Shanghai disposed of Jiangsu 2-0.
In South Korea, champions and league leaders Ilhwa Chonma needed an 82nd-minute equaliser to prevent an embarrassing defeat at the hands of bottom club Jeon-Buk Buffaloes.
Jeon-Buk took the lead in the 65th minute through Kim Seong-ho with the equaliser coming in the 82nd.
In Japan, Brazilian World Cup star Leonardo swept the Kashima Antlers to their first victory in the second stage of the J.League season.
Antlers, who won the first stage of the inaugural J.League last year beat Jef United Ichihara 4-1 in Utsunomiya to move off the bottom of the 12-team table.
Brazilian marksman Alcindo's 21st goal of the season gave Antlers an early lead and further goals from Leonardo and Yoshiyuki Hasegawa put them well in control by the break.
Leonardo added his second in the 70th minute.
Yokohama Marinos' 2-1 victory over Jubilo Iwata in Fukuoka took them back to the top, ahead of second-placed Sanfrecce and third-placed Verdy Kawasaki on goal difference.
In Malaysia, Singapore clinched the M-League championship with a 1-0 victory away to bottom-of-the-table Brunei, who had three men sent off in the second half.
The only goal of the game was scored by Nazri Nasir in the 79th minute.
Singapore finished with 62 points from 30 matches, two points clear of last season's league and cup double winners, Kedah. Sarawak were third with 58 points.