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.
Alharbi looks forward to giving Saudi Arabia a bigger sense of achievement
Chonburi: Saudi Arabia’s second consecutive win at the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 earned them a knock-out stage berth, and head coach Abdulwahab Nasser Alharbi wants further progress to give his team a bigger sense of achievement.
Saudi Arabia defeated Tajikistan 2-0 on Matchday Two after seeing off Australia with the same score in their opening match. Monday’s result has the team sitting pretty at the top of Group C with maximum points heading into their last game.
Chonburi: Australia produced a commanding display to defeat China PR 5-3 in their AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 Group C tie on Monday, and head coach Brad Maloney attributed their win to his team’s resilience at keeping their hopes alive for the knockout stage.
Having lost 2-0 to Saudi Arabia in their opener, Australia had to win against China PR to stay in the competition and showed nerves of steel to hang on for the three points in an exciting tie.
Bangkok: Islamic Republic of Iran head coach Hossein Abdi lamented his team’s missed opportunity to collect three points after they were held 0-0 by Qatar in their AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 Group B tie on Monday.
Following an impressive 6-1 triumph over Afghanistan on Matchday One, a second win would have sealed Iran a place in the knockout stage but they now need to avoid defeat against already-qualified Korea Republic on Thursday to advance.
Byun: Korea Republic determined to end title drought
Bangkok: Korea Republic last lifted the title 21 years ago and head coach Byun Sung-hwan believes his charges are capable of ending the wait following their 4-0 win over Afghanistan in Group B of the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 at the Pathum Thani Stadium on Monday.
The victory meant Korea Republic advanced to the quarter-finals with a match to spare, thanks to Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar playing to a goalless draw later on Monday.
Byun, despite being disappointed with his team’s second-half performance, firmly believes that Korea Republic are on track to win the title for the first time since 2002.