Korea Republic to remain focused after big victory, says Kim
Tashkent: Korea Republic head coach Kim Eun-jung urged his players to remain focused on the task at hand following their impressive 4-0 Matchday One victory over Oman in Group C of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Thursday.
Kim’s high press regime produced impeccable results for the young Taeguk Warriors who went into the halftime break with a 2-0 lead after two interceptions inside Oman’s half produced goals by Kim Yong-hak and Sung Jin-young.
Sung doubled his own tally just after the restart and substitute Kang Seong-jin completed the win in added time of a match that saw little Omani threat to the Korean defence.
And while the scoreline shows a big margin, the Koreans didn’t really get going until half an hour into the game, and coach Kim suggested a mental aspect was behind the slow start.
Upbeat Fayzullaev eager to continue thrilling Uzbekistan fans
Tashkent: As hosts Uzbekistan started their AFC U20 Asian Cup™ 2023 campaign with a decisive 2-0 win over Syria on Wednesday, the 32,000-strong crowd at Tashkent’s Bunyodkor Stadium had eyes for only 19-year-old Abbosbek Fayzullaev.
Fayzullaev, who has already cemented his position in the Uzbek football ecosystem, gave his side the lead in the first half, tucking the ball into the far top corner of the net from a free-kick coming in from the left flank. His set-piece in the second half then led to Syria scoring an unlucky own goal.
Tashkent: Jordan overcame Baker Kamal Kalbouneh’s sending off just seconds into the game to secure a 2-0 victory over Tajikistan at Lokomotiv Stadium on Thursday as Islam Al Diabat’s side made a winning start to Group C of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023.
Kalbouneh saw red inside the opening 10 seconds for a dangerous head-high challenge on Tajikistan’s Mehrubon Kamolov that left referee Yahya Almulla with no option but to send the striker off.
However, the Jordanians quickly rallied to overcome the forward’s expulsion with goals from Ali Ahmad Azaizeh and Sief Addeen Darwish giving them control of the game by the 25th minute as the West Asians claimed all three points.
The win means Jordan are level at the top of the early Group C standings with Korea Republic after Kim Eun-jung’s team eased to a 4-0 win over Oman earlier in the day.
Tashkent: Saudi Arabia head coach Saleh Al Mohammedi bemoaned an injury crisis that has left the defending champions reeling ahead of their AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 opener against Kyrgyz Republic on Friday.
The Green Falcons’s class of 2018 had lifted the trophy in Indonesia five years ago, with players such as Saud Abdulhamid and Hassan Tambakti going on to become key cogs for the Saudi national team, impressing in their famous win against Argentina at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Al Mohammedi is hopeful Uzbekistan 2023 gives his side the opportunity to produce a similar level of talent into the first team.
Tashkent: Japan head coach Koichi Togashi is confident his squad has the talent to overcome a lack of preparation to make a major impact at the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 as the former champions prepare to kick off their Group D campaign against China PR on Friday.
The Japanese are chasing a second title having previously won the AFC U19 Championship in Bahrain in 2016 and, although Togashi was unable to gather his squad together for a pre-tournament training camp, he believes he has the players within his line-up to succeed.