Tashkent: Indonesia head coach Shin Tae-yong said he wants his players to be more ruthless in front of goal after his side handed Syria a 1-0 defeat on Saturday that keeps alive their hopes of progressing to the knockout rounds of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023.
Hokky Caraka’s superb breakaway effort 10 minutes before halftime was the difference between the teams at Lokomotiv Stadium and earned the Indonesians their first win of the campaign after defeat in their opener against Iraq earlier in the week.
The win means Shin’s team sit level on three points with the Iraqis, three behind Group A leaders Uzbekistan while the Syrians also retain slim hopes of advancing to the last eight of the competition.
Morgan pleased with Australia’s response, IR Iran's Marfavi left disappointed
Fergana: Head coach Trevor Morgan expressed his delight over Australia’s 3-2 victory over Islamic Republic of Iran in their AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Group B fixture on Saturday.
Aidan Simmons scored the opener before Adrian Segecic’s brace cancelled out an own goal from Joseph Forde and Alireza Enayatzadeh’s late strike to put Australia back in contention for a quarter-final berth.
Radif puts his faith in Saudi Arabia’s team spirit
Tashkent: Despite Saudi Arabia’s 1-0 victory against Group D rivals Kyrgyz Republic coming through a penalty kick at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Friday, lone goal scorer Abdullah Radif is convinced that the Green Falcons will emerge as group toppers in the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023.
Over the last few years, Saudi Arabia have proven themselves to be a dominant force across age-groups and were also the last team to be crowned champions in the tournament’s final edition as an U-19 contest in 2018.
Group A: Indonesia stay in the hunt with triumph over Syria
Tashkent: Hokky Caraka’s goal of the tournament contender saw Indonesia pull themselves back into the battle for a place in the knockout rounds of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 as Shin Tae-yong’s side defeated Syria 1-0 at Lokomotiv Stadium on Saturday.
Caraka’s 35th minute solo strike ensured the Indonesians bounced back from the disappointment of their opening Group A loss against Iraq and keeps the FIFA U20 World Cup hosts in contention for a place in the quarter-finals.
The performance was an improved showing from the Garuda Muda, who shaded a tight first half that featured few scoring opportunities until Caraka’s determination and quality finish delivered what turned out to be the game’s only goal.
Fergana: Vietnam struck in the 90th minute to edge Qatar 2-1 in Group B of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Saturday.
The last gasp victory, achieved after Qatar had drawn level in the 84th minute, means Vietnam will advance to the quarter-finals if they avoid defeat to Islamic Republic of Iran in their final tie on Tuesday.
Tashkent: David Gordo’s Oman are set to stick with their playing style despite their heavy opening match defeat against Korea Republic as they look to bounce back when they face Tajikistan in Group C of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Sunday.
Gordo set up his team to build-up from the back with a series of short passes, a style of play popularised in recent years by Spanish tacticians such as Pep Guardiola, but the Omanis were unable to work their way around the Korean high press.
Tashkent: Jordan coach Islam Al Diabat is hoping his team can utilise their usual style of play when they face Korea Republic in Group C of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Sunday after being forced to abandon their original plans to grind out a 2-0 win over Tajikistan.
Baker Kamal Kalbouneh’s sending off in the opening seconds of the Jordanians’ meeting with the Central Asian side forced Al Diabat’s side to play almost the entire game with 10 men and adopt a more pragmatic approach as a result.