First female referee for Asian CL match, Melbourne City win

The first female referee to officiate an Asian Champions League match saw Melbourne City beat South Korea’s Jeonnam Dragons 2-1.

Yoshimi Yamashita and ‘all Japan’ assistant referees Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi have formed the first all-female trio to referee an Asian Champions League game, having been appointed by the Asian Football Confederation.

“Their selection reinforces the AFC’s commitment to strengthening and developing women’s football at all levels as well as ensuring that AFC female referees continue to receive the highest standards of quality education and expert advice on how to climb the biggest steps in world football,” the confederation said in a statement.

Lee Kyu-hyuk scored for Jeonnam after 16 minutes to cancel out Carl Jenkinson’s opener at Pathum Thani Stadium, just north of Bangkok. Andrew Nabbout scored what turned out to be the Australian side’s winning goal just six minutes later.

Melbourne City are second in Group G on points with Thai leaders BG Pathum United. The 10 group winners automatically advance with the six best-performing second-place teams.

Defending champions Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia are the only team to have already reached the knockout stage. (AP)