Tashkent: Australia head coach Trevor Morgan believes “the momentum is building” for his Young Socceroos in their quest for the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 title as they handed Qatar a 9-1 defeat to confirm their place in the quarter-finals.
Morgan’s side will face hosts Uzbekistan in the last eight on Saturday at Bunyodkor Stadium after a comprehensive win over the West Asian side secured second place in Group B for the Australians.
But while they eventually eased to a comfortable victory, it was Qatar who took an early lead when Moustafa Asar pounced on a defensive mistake to open the scoring inside two minutes.
It was the second time in three games that the Australians had conceded an early goal, having done so in their opening 1-0 loss against Vietnam in Fergana earlier in the tournament, but Morgan had been confident his team would find a way back into the game.
Tashkent: Australia overcame a poor start to hand Qatar a 9-1 defeat in their Group B encounter at Tashkent’s JAR Stadium on Tuesday as Trevor Morgan’s side advanced to the quarter-finals of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023.
Moustafa Asar capitalised on a defensive error to give Qatar a second minute lead but Hassan Al Ghareeb’s own goal was followed by efforts from Chris Donnell, Raphael Rodrigues and Bernardo Oliveira as the Young Socceroos opened a three-goal cushion by halftime.
Oliveira added a fifth midway through the second half before further strikes from Jonny Yull, Gabriel Popovic, Archie Goodwin and Alex Badolato, the result ensuring the Australians second place in Group B behind Islamic Republic of Iran and they will face Group A winners Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Fergana: Islamic Republic of Iran defeated Vietnam 3-1 to finish top in Group B of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 at the Istiqlol Stadium on Tuesday.
Iran’s qualification for the knockout stage completed a remarkable turnaround as they bounced back from their Matchday Two defeat to book a quarter-final spot while it was heartbreak for Vietnam who exited the tournament despite having registered victories over Australia and Qatar.
Iran will meet Iraq in the quarter-finals after the West Asian side finished second in Group A.
Group A: Uzbekistan finish top, heartbreak for Indonesia
Fergana: Uzbekistan were denied a win but still progressed to the quarter-finals as Group A winners of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Tuesday.
A determined Indonesia weathered incessant Uzbekistan attacks to force a 0-0 draw but the result was not enough for the Southeast Asian side to advance, with Iraq pipping them to second spot in the standings following their 1-1 draw with Syria.
Tashkent: The AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Group C’s decisive encounter on Wednesday between Jordan and Oman will be decided by small details, according to Jordan head coach Islam Al Diabat.
Group leaders Korea Republic take on Tajikistan at Bunyodkor Stadium in a simultaneous Matchday Three encounter, while the two Arab nations Jordan and Oman lock horns at Lokomotiv Stadium in the other 5pm kick-off.
Tashkent: Korea Republic’s Kim Eun-jung is determined to stick to his coaching principles when he sends his team into their final Group C clash at the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 against Tajikistan at Bunyodkor Stadium on Wednesday.
Kim’s side have yet to concede in their opening two games as the Koreans secured a 2-0 victory over Jordan on Sunday after kicking off the tournament with a 4-0 defeat of Oman.
And the 43-year-old former striker will look to continue that trend against Oleg Kubarev’s side when they face off on Wednesday.