The race to secure a place in the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group Stage will begin in Hong Kong, China where Hong Kong Rangers will host Vietnam’s Haiphong FC on August 15, 2023, in the Preliminary Stage with the winners sealing a date with Korea Republic’s Incheon United FC in the Playoff Stage on August 22.
Bangkok: Tajikistan and Australia will go head-to-head for a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 when they meet in their last Group C match at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on Thursday.
With Saudi Arabia already qualifying for the knock-out stage, the remaining slot is a toss-up between Tajikistan, Australia and China PR, all of whom have a realistic chance of qualifying.
Australia go into the match having first lost 2-0 to Saudi Arabia, but rebounded on Matchday Two to defeat China PR 5-3 while Tajikistan opened with a 1-1 draw against China PR before losing to Saudi Arabia 2-0.
Chonburi: Saudi Arabia head coach Abdulwahab Nasser Alharbi says their final AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 Group C match against China PR on Thursday will be one that has completely different circumstances from their previous encounters.
Two-time champions of the AFC U16 Championship, Saudi Arabia have already qualified for the quarter-final thanks to consecutive 2-0 wins over Australia and Tajikistan. The West Asians, however, won’t be taking their opponents lightly.
Pathum Thani: Head coach Jamoliddin Rakhmatullaev was happy to see Uzbekistan collect their first win at the AFC U17 Asian Cup Thailand 2023 after the young White Wolves edged India 1-0 in their second Group D clash on Tuesday.
With four points to their name, Uzbekistan have perched themselves second behind Japan in the standings on goal difference.
Bangkok: Despite registering 19 shots - six of which were on target - against Uzbekistan in their opening match of the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 on Saturday, Japan ended up sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw after conceding late on.
It was a different matter on Tuesday at the Rajamangala Stadium as Yoshiro Moriyama oversaw a far more clinical performance, which led to a 4-0 victory over Vietnam in their Group D encounter.
As with the previous match, Yutaka Michikawi gave them a half-time lead but the Japanese were able to add three more goals in the second half this time, as they chalked up a total of 16 shots, with eight on target.