Learning curve can only benefit Thailand, says Polking
Namangan: Head coach Alexandre Polking wants Thailand to learn from their 2-0 defeat to Uzbekistan in their final AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Group C fixture on Tuesday.
Jaloliddin Masharipov and Azizbek Turgunbaye were on target for Uzbekistan, who topped the group with nine points, while Thailand - with two victories - also advanced to the Continental Finals as one of the five best runners-up.
Qualifiers Final Round Group C: Uzbekistan 2-0 Thailand
Namangan: Uzbekistan secured their place in the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ as Group C winners of the Qualifiers with a 2-0 win against Thailand on Tuesday.
Jaloliddin Masharipov opened the scoring for Uzbekistan with Azizbek Turgunbayev sealing the win, which meant Uzbekistan topped the group with a maximum nine points, while Thailand - with two victories - also advanced as one of the five best runners-up.
Thailand’s Polking relishing Uzbekistan test after Sri Lanka victory
Namangan: Thailand and Uzbekistan are braced for a final day showdown after registering their second consecutive victories in their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group C campaigns on Saturday.
Thailand defeated Sri Lanka 2-0, while hosts Uzbekistan flexed their muscles, firing four unanswered goals past Maldives at the Markaziy Stadium.
With six points from two matches, the teams will battle for top spot on Matchday Three.
Qualifiers Final Round Group C: Sri Lanka 0-2 Thailand
Namangan: Thailand secured their second consecutive victory in Group C of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round with a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka at the Markaziy Stadium on Saturday.
Thitipan Puangchan put Thailand ahead in the first half with Worachit Kanitsribampen sealing the points with his goal in stoppage time as Thailand set themselves up nicely for the showdown with hosts Uzbekistan on Tuesday.
Only the six group winners are assured of a place in the Finals, with the five best second placed sides to also advance to the 24-team Finals.
Preview – Qualifiers Group C: Sri Lanka v Thailand; Maldives v Uzbekistan
Namangan: Sri Lanka and Maldives have their work cut out for them when they take on Thailand and Uzbekistan respectively in Group C’s Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round on Saturday.
Both sides suffered 3-0 defeats on Matchday One and have to bounce back if they are to keep their hopes alive.
Thailand, Uzbekistan seek improvements despite good starts
Namangan: Thailand and Uzbekistan are both thinking ahead after notching impressive wins in their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group C campaigns on Wednesday.
Thailand defeated Maldives 3-0 with hosts Uzbekistan also winning with a similar margin at the Markaziy Stadium.
Ahead of their meeting on Matchday Three, Thailand will have to navigate past Sri Lanka on Saturday while Uzbekistan face Maldives, with a win for either side boosting their chances of advancing into the Continental showpiece.
Hwang expects a more clinical Korea Republic in knockout stage
Tashkent: Korea Republic secured their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-final spot after edging Thailand 1-0 at the Pakhtakor Stadium on Wednesday but head coach Hwang Sun-hong believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
Go Jae-hyeon’s 35th-minute strike sealed the win for the defending champions against a resolute Thailand, who were also in the running for a knockout stage berth, and Hwang congratulated his players for achieving their target with Korea Republic topping Group C on seven points.
Qualifiers Final Round - Group C: Thailand 3-0 Maldives
Namangan: Thailand were at their best as they opened their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group C campaign with a classy 3-0 win over Maldives at the Markaziy Stadium in Namangan on Wednesday.
The win was just what Thailand needed with matches against Sri Lanka and hosts Uzbekistan to come, with only top spot guaranteed an automatic berth in the Finals.
Preview - Group C: Uzbekistan v Sri Lanka; Thailand v Maldives
Namangan: Group C of the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 Qualifiers Final Round promises to be a thrilling affair with perennial qualifiers Uzbekistan and Thailand aiming to advance while Sri Lanka and Maldives will be bidding for debut appearances.
Thailand and Maldives will kick off the Group C action at the Markaziy Stadium in Namangan, before hosts Uzbekistan play Sri Lanka.