Al Yami: Focus secured Saudi Arabia impressive victory
Tashkent: Hamad Al Yami broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion to set the tone as Saudi Arabia defeated Tajikistan 5-0 in Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Friday.
The match was headed for a goalless first half but Al Yami stunned Tajikistan three minutes from the half-time whistle with an audacious backheel which led to the floodgates being opened in the second half.
The big win means Saudi Arabia lead the standings ahead of Japan, who defeated United Arab Emirates 2-1, with the two teams to face off on Monday.
Al Shehri has eyes fixed on Japan, Tajikistan's Khabibuloev acknowledges steep learning curve
Tashkent: Head coach Saad Al Shehri is already plotting his tactics for the next game following Saudi Arabia's impressive 5-0 win over Tajikistan in Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Friday.
After a nervous 10 minutes, Saudi Arabia dominated the game and took the lead before scoring four more goals to open their campaign on an emphatic note at the Lokomotiv Stadium.
Oiwa pleased with Japan’s flexibility, UAE’s resolve impresses Silva
Tashkent: Head coach Go Oiwa admitted Japan were a little nervous in the first half, but was satisfied with how his team adapted to tactical changes to clinch a 2-1 win over the United Arab Emirates in their opening AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group D match on Friday.
UAE had the brighter start at the Pakhtakor Stadium, but Japan gradually took a hold on the match to open the scoring through Yuito Suzuki in the 61st minute, with Yaser Alblooshi equalising two minutes later.
The West Asians then missed an opportunity to turn the tide from a penalty kick, with Mao Hosoya then heading home the winner in the 76th minute.
Group D: Sizzling Saudi Arabia cruise past Tajikistan
Tashkent: Saudi Arabia kicked off their bid to win the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 title with an impressive 5-0 victory over Tajikistan in Group D on Friday.
Hamad Al Yami gave Saudi Arabia the lead just before the break with second half goals from Ayman Yahya, Haitham Asiri, Moteb Al Harbi and Abdullah Radif sealing the emphatic victory at the Lokomotiv Stadium.
Tashkent: Uzbekistan will be determined to continue their winning start when they go up against Qatar on Matchday Two of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ on Saturday.
Uzbekistan took the early lead in Group A after their 1-0 win over Turkmenistan, and following Qatar’s 1-1 draw with Islamic Republic of Iran, victory against the young Maroons will see the hosts inch closer to a third successive knockout stage appearance.
Qarshi: Kuwait and Jordan will be aiming to breath life to their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage when they meet in Group B of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 at the Markaziy Stadium on Saturday.
Kuwait were defeated 2-0 by Australia on Matchday One while Jordan were dominant against Iraq but had to settle for a 1-1 draw, leaving both sides needing victory to boost their hopes of extending their campaign beyond the group stage.