Uzbekistan primed for knockout stage, says Khaydarov
Fergana: Head coach Ravshan Khaydarov is looking forward to Uzbekistan’s knockout stage challenge after concluding their AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Group A campaign with a goalless draw against Indonesia on Tuesday.
Despite the stalemate at the Istiqlol Stadium, Uzbekistan finished as group winners, while Iraq - who drew 1-1 against Syria - finished second ahead of Indonesia with Syria bottom.
Fergana: Abdolsamad Marfavi praised Islamic Republic of Iran’s unwavering mindset after his side advanced to the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 quarter-finals following a 3-1 win over Vietnam on Tuesday.
Vietnam’s Khuat Van Khang canceled out Mohammad Hazbavi’s first half opener but goals from Saeid Saharkhizan and Mohammad Hosseinnezhad sealed Iran the win and top spot in Group B.
Iran came into the tie needing to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Australia on Matchday Two and Marfavi admitted that his side had to endure a very challenging match against their Southeast Asian opponents.
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.
China PR’s Aisikaer proud to have shown true quality against Saudi Arabia
Tashkent: Aifeierding Aisikaer was a picture of delight after a resolute China PR stunned defending champions Saudi Arabia 2-0 to force their way back in the race for a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Monday.
Aisikaer, who was highly critical of his performance in the Matchday One defeat to Japan, was delighted that he was able to display his true form in China’s second Group D match.
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.