Qualifiers Final Round Group B: Mongolia 0-1 Philippines
Ulaanbaatar: A dramatic 93rd minute winner from debutant Gerrit Holtmann kept the qualification hopes of Philippines alive as they secured a vital 1-0 win over Mongolia in their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round clash in Ulaanbaatar.
Whilst the loss formally eliminates Mongolia, Philippines now head into their final Group B match against Palestine in a strong position to reach their second AFC Asian Cup.
The hosts goalkeeper Munkh-Erdene Enkhtaivan was impressive throughout and after having saved a 77th minute penalty from Patrick Reichelt it looked as though he had earned the hosts a share of the spoils, only for Holtmann to pop up with the late winner.
Tashkent: Saad Al Shehri's Saudi Arabia will settle for nothing less than the title after topping Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022.
The two-time runners-up confirmed their position as group winners following a 2-0 win over United Arab Emirates on Thursday, a result which meant they finished on seven points and ahead of Japan on goal difference.
Up next for Saudi Arabia are 2018 runners-up Vietnam but Al Shehri is looking beyond the quarter-finals.