Khaydarov: Uzbekistan can still improve despite Syria triumph
Tashkent: Uzbekistan head coach Ravshan Khaydarov believes his side have more to offer despite marching to an emphatic 2-0 victory over Syria in their first match of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Wednesday.
Getting their home campaign underway, Uzbekistan bagged a goal in each half, opening the scoring with a magnificent Abbosbek Fayzullaev free-kick from an angle in the 37th minute. The attacker’s delivery from the corner in the second half was inadvertently sent into the net by Syria’s Zakaria Al Ramadan to confirm Uzbekistan’s triumph.
A loud crowd at Bunyodkor Stadium enjoyed an exciting opening ceremony before propelling their side to a comfortable victory.
Tashkent: Indonesia head coach Shin Tae-yong was left to rue his players’ inability to turn their one-man advantage into a positive result after seeing his side slip to a 2-0 loss in their Group A opener at the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Wednesday.
Charbel Shamoon’s sending off in first half added time meant Indonesia played with a man advantage for the duration of the second half but the Garuda Muda were unable to overturn a lead given to the Iraqis by Hayder Abdulkareem in the 28th minute.
Having performed well in the opening 45 minutes, Shin’s side struggled despite having one player more and Iraq created several chances, with captain Abdulrazzaq Qassim missing a penalty before Mohammed Jameel scored a late second for Emad Mohammed’s side.
Khuat urges Vietnam to stay focused, Morgan rues Australia's missed opportunity
Fergana: Captain Khuat Van Khang believes there’s still plenty of work to be done despite Vietnam's 1-0 win against Australia in their opening AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Group B fixture on Wednesday.
After a nervous start, Vietnam got into the groove with Khuat playing a pivotal role in the only goal of the game as the Southeast Asian side got an early boost in their bid to advance to the quarter-finals.
Tashkent: Tajikistan head coach Oleg Kubarev is anticipating a stiff challenge in his team’s quest to secure a berth at the FIFA U20 World Cup Indonesia 2023 when the Central Asians begin their AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 campaign against Jordan on Thursday.
Kubarev’s side take on the Jordanians in their Group C opener at Lokomotiv Stadium hoping to make a winning start along the road towards securing one of the four spots at the global Finals in Indonesia in May.
Tashkent: Korea Republic have their eyes set on a record-extending 13th continental title at this level, according to head coach Kim Eun-jung whose side take on Oman in their first match of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Group C at JAR Stadium on Thursday.
The young Taeguk Warriors dominated the competition, winning the first two editions and going on to add 10 more titles, winning it at least once in every decade since the 1960s, but their last trophy lift dates back to 2012, and they have only reached the semi-finals once in the last three editions.