Tashkent: Indonesia head coach Shin Tae-yong will look to keep his players’ spirits high in the lead-up to their AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Group A meeting with Syria on Saturday as the Garuda Muda attempt to bounce back from their opening day loss at the hands of Iraq.
Shin’s team slipped to a 2-0 defeat against the Iraqis on Wednesday but showed plenty of positive signs throughout the 90 minutes at Lokomotiv Stadium to give the former Korea Republic head coach encouragement ahead of their crucial clash with the Syrians.
Tashkent: AFC U20 Asian Cup™ 2023 hosts Uzbekistan go into their second match of Group A against Iraq with a chance of becoming the first team to reach the quarter-finals, and head coach Ravshan Khaydarov believes talisman Abbosbek Fayzullaev will be crucial to their chances.
The Pakhtakor attacker wreaked havoc through the Syrian defence in his side’s 2-0 victory on Matchday One, whipping in the opener with a fine free-kick before sending in the cross from the corner kick that led to the second with a Zakaria Al Ramadan own goal before being taken off eight minutes from time.
Widely tipped to be one of the stars of the tournament and a key member of his club side at the age of 19, Fayzullaev has cemented his status as one of the nation’s brightest talents and has spoken about doing more of the same against Iraq.
Fergana: Head coach Trevor Morgan is hoping his Australian side will turn the corner when they face Islamic Republic of Iran in Group B’s Matchday Two of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Saturday.
Australia suffered a 1-0 setback on the opening day against Vietnam and will lock horns with an Iran side who edged Qatar with a similar scoreline.
The Young Socceroos failed to recover from a sixth minute strike by Vietnam’s Nguyen Quoc Viet with Morgan stressing that there is work to be done ahead of their game against Iran.
Tashkent: Jordan head coach Islam Al Diabat hailed his players’ “special emotion” after overcoming Baker Kamal Kalbouneh’s sending off inside the first minute to hand Tajikistan a 2-0 defeat in their opening game of Group C at the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Thursday.
Ali Ahmad Azaizeh and Sief Addeen Darwish scored for the Jordanians after Kalbouneh had seen red with barely 10 seconds on the clock for a head-high challenge on Tajikistan’s Mehrubon Kamolov to earn the West Asians victory at Lokomotiv Stadium.
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.