Bangkok: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Hossein Abdi was pleased with his side for overcoming a slow start to emerge triumphant against Afghanistan on Friday at the AFC U17 Asian Cup Thailand 2023.
Iran dominated possession in their Group B opener but struggled to breach the Afghan goal until the 28th minute through Hesam Nafari’s header, which was followed by a penalty from Esmaeil Gholizadeh shortly after.
Tajikistan’s Rakhmatullo, China PR’s Yang rue missed opportunities
Chonburi: Tajikistan and China PR battled to a 1-1 draw in their opening AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 Group C, with both head coaches left to reflect on missed opportunities that could have changed the outcome.
Gafurov Masrur’s goal in the 35th minute cancelled out Wang Yudong’s fifth minute opener, which leaves Tajikistan and China PR needing to get on the winning trail in their upcoming matches to boost their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage.
Saudi Arabia’s Alharbi expects more after tough win against Australia
Chonburi: Saudi Arabia head coach Abdulwahab Nasser Alharbi was delighted with the performance of his charges in their 2-0 defeat of Australia in their AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 Group C opener on Friday.
Describing it as a ‘tough game’, Alharbi said his team struggled in the first half due to Australia’s stronger physique and organisation but played better after the break and their performance paid off with goals from Nawaf Albishri and Nawaf Aljadaani.
Chanothai: Team effort secured Thailand dramatic victory
Pathum Thani: As hosts Thailand began their AFC U17 Asian Cup™ 2023 campaign with a thrilling 2-1 win against Group A rivals Laos on Thursday, all eyes were on rising star Chanothai Kongmeng.
It was Chanothai’s clever cross that led to Dutsadee Buranajutanon deftly tucking the ball away into the bottom left corner of the net early in the first half. Laos, however, equalised minutes later but Thailand’s perseverance saw Chanothai netting the winner in the fifth minute of added time.