Tashkent: After three weeks of non-stop action, it was the hosts Uzbekistan who were crowned AFC U20 Asian Cup™ champions following a narrow 1-0 victory over Iraq in the final at Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
The victory capped an unbeaten campaign for the Central Asians as they also progressed to May’s FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia for what will be their fifth appearance at the global showpiece.
As the dust settles on a hugely successful continental competition in the Central Asian nation, the-AFC.com highlights some of the numbers that stood out from Uzbekistan 2023.
Tashkent: The AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 drew to a conclusion with hosts Uzbekistan clinching their maiden title on home soil after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Iraq in Saturday's final at Bunyodkor Stadium.
A total of 69 goals were scored in 31 matches across the cities of Tashkent and Fergana, at a ratio of 2.23 per match. the-AFC.com has selected eight of the finest goals from the tournament and asks you, the fans, to vote for your favourite at the foot of the article.
Khaydarov predicts bright future for Uzbekistan's young heroes
Tashkent: Ravshan Khaydarov has predicted a bright future for his team after leading Uzbekistan to a 1-0 victory over Iraq in the final of the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 on Saturday in front of the host nation’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at a sold-out Bunyodkor Stadium.
Captain Umarali Rakhmonaliev scored from the penalty spot 18 minutes from time to earn the title for Uzbekistan as the inspirational Khaydarov added the AFC U20 Asian Cup to the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ trophy he won for his nation in China in 2018.
Mohammed challenges Iraq players to shine in World Cup
Tashkent: Iraq head coach Emad Mohammed is hoping his players can learn from their mistakes at the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 and improve enough to make a run to the knockout rounds of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia later this year.
Mohammed’s side were crestfallen after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat in the final at Bunyodkor Stadium against Uzbekistan, but the former striker was already setting his sights on the future after Umarali Rakhmonaliev’s penalty earned the hosts the title.
Tashkent: Umarali Rakhmonaliev’s second half penalty earned hosts Uzbekistan a 1-0 victory over Iraq and the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 title at a sold-out Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
Captain Rakhmonaliev stroked his 72nd minute spot-kick down the middle as Iraqi goalkeeper Hussein Hasan dived to his right after Abbosbek Fayzullaev had been upended in the box to earn Uzbekistan their first-ever title at this level.
The win means Uzbekistan join Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and Iraq as the only nations to have won the Asian title at the U17, U20 and U23 levels and Ravshan Khaydarov’s side will go to the FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia in May as the continental champions.