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Quarter-finals line-up confirmed


Friday, October 26, 2018
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Jakarta: The AFC U-19 Championship Indonesia 2018 quarter-finals line-up was completed on Friday when Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan joined the other six teams who had already qualified.


Who, When, Where

Sunday, October 28 (Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta)

Qatar v Thailand (4pm local time) Japan v Indonesia (7.30pm local time)

Monday, October 29 (Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi)

Korea Republic v Tajikistan (4pm local time) Saudi Arabia v Australia (7.30pm local time)

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How They Got There

Qatar

Eventually topped the standings in Group A after a close-fought campaign which saw them beat Chinese Taipei on Matchday Three to seal their progress. Striker Abdulrasheed Umaru is currently the competition’s leading scorer with five goals – three of which came during his side’s remarkable 6-5 victory over host nation Indonesia.

Thailand

Sealed their passage through to the quarter-finals thanks to a narrow 2-1 Matchday Three win over DPR Korea, three points which saw them finish second in Group B behind Japan. While the Thais have won the title twice before, their last success was nearly 50 years ago in 1969, and they have yet to qualify for a FIFA U-20 World Cup.


Japan

Finished as Group B winners following three successive wins during which they scored 13 goals – the most by any side throughout the group stage. The competition’s reigning champions, who are currently appearing in their 37th AFC U-19 Championship, were impressively one of only two teams to go through to the last eight with a 100 percent record.

Indonesia

Were second in Group A after a dramatic 1-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates on Matchday Three saw them grab a place in the last eight ahead of their West Asian opponents. Todd Rivaldo Ferre and Witan Sulaeman have both shone for the host nation, with the livewire duo scoring six goals between them in three games.


Korea Republic

Thursday’s 3-1 win over Vietnam saw them finish as Group C winners. They opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Australia before successive wins helped them through to the last eight of a competition they have won no less than 12 times. Cho Young-wook tops their goalscoring chart after finding the net three times, including twice against the Vietnamese.

Tajikistan

Reached the quarter-finals for the second successive edition after finishing second behind table-topping Saudi Arabia in Group D. Having beaten China PR and then drawn with Malaysia, they succumbed to the Saudis on Matchday Three as Safi Alzaqarta’s brace and Faraj Al Ghashayan’s solitary strike ensured their first group stage defeat.


Saudi Arabia

Came top of Group D after an impressive group stage campaign which saw them record three wins. The West Asians came from behind on Matchday Three to see off the challenge of Tajikistan and secure pole position ahead of their Central Asian opponents. They have featured at the FIFA U-20 World Cup on eight previous occasions.

Australia

Came second in Group C behind Korea Republic following a win and two draws during their group stage campaign. The Young Socceroos are making their seventh appearance at the AFC U-19 Championship, with their best performance to date coming back in 2010 when they finished as runners-up to DPR Korea following a 3-2 defeat in the final.


The four quarter-final winners will also guarantee themselves a place at next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

Photos: AFC

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