Bishkek: United Arab Emirates defeated Iraq 1-0, while hosts Kyrgyz Republic came from behind to beat Lebanon 3-2 in Group F of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Wednesday.
UAE's first half goal was enough to see off Iraq as they began their qualifying campaign on a positive note, while Kyrgyz Republic came back from two goals down to edge Lebanon.
Qualifiers - Group K: Korea Republic, Thailand show their class
Yangon: Lee Kyu-dong scored a hat-trick to steer Korea Republic to an emphatic 10-0 win over Chinese Taipei, while Niphitphon Wongpanya's brace powered Thailand to a 4-0 win over Myanmar in Group K of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers at the Thuwanna Stadium on Wednesday.
Chinese Taipei simply had no answer for the East Asians as Korea Republic led 3-0 at the break before turning on the power in the second half for an emphatic start to their qualifying campaign.
Thailand were too strong for Myanmar as the young War Elephants raced to a 3-0 lead by half-time before finishing the job.
Qualifiers - Group J: Japan, Malaysia impress in openers
Vientiane: Japan began the defence of their AFC U-16 Championship title with a 4-0 win over Laos while Malaysia registered an emphatic 7-0 triumph over Cambodia in Group J qualifying for the 2020 Finals at the National Stadium in Vientiane on Wednesday.
Japan, who defeated Tajikistan to lift the 2018 title, were simply too strong for hosts Laos while Cambodia had no answer to Malaysia's fast paced game.
Qualifiers - Group G: China PR, Indonesia continue winning run
Jakarta: China PR cruised to a 6-0 win over the Philippines, while Indonesia overwhelmed Northern Mariana Islands 15-1 in Group G of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualifiers at the Stadion Madya Atletik on Wednesday.
The victory was China PR's second of the Qualifiers, having beaten Brunei Darussalam 7-0 in their opening match on Saturday.
Indonesia were too strong for Northern Mariana Islands as they led 6-1 going into the break before turning on the power in the second half.
Uzbekistan, Bahrain recommended as hosts for 2020 AFC U-19 & U-16 Championships
Kuala Lumpur: Uzbekistan and Bahrain are recommended as the hosts of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 and U-16 Championships – the stages for the Asian football stars of the future – respectively in 2020.
At the AFC Competitions Committee’s first meeting of the 2019-2023 cycle chaired by Dr. Tran Quoc Tuan, they selected Uzbekistan and Bahrain as they were considered to have the most appropriate facilities for age-group football.
The opportunity to assist Uzbekistan’s football development – combined with the availability of the necessary facilities – was considered important while Bahrain, having bid to host both events, achieved the highest evaluation points on the inspection visit for the U-16 event.
The U-19 tournament will be played between October 14 and 31, 2020 while the U-16 Championship will take place between September 16 and October 3, 2020.
The AFC Solidarity Cup, which provides more competitive matches for the bottom 10 ranked countries (the six eliminated in the first round of the Joint Asian Qualifiers and the bottom four teams in the second round) will be played between November 30, 2020 and December 13, 2020 – once the final round of qualifiers for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 are concluded.
The Committee also agreed with a recommendation that in 2020, the AFC Champions League Round of 16 matches in the West Zone should be moved from May 25/26 and June 15/16 to May 18/19 and May 25/26, 2020.