Alshehri predicts a bright future for Saudi Arabia’s rising stars
Bangkok: Head coach Saad Alshehri believes Saudi Arabia has a distinctly bright footballing future after watching his young charges lose 1-0 to Korea Republic in Sunday’s AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 final.
Jeong Tae-wook’s towering 113th minute header helped the Koreans seal their first-ever Continental crown at this level, a goal which left Saudi Arabia to reflect, instead, on their successful qualification for this year’s Olympic Games.
Final: Jeong Tae-wook header seals Korea Republic title
Bangkok: Korea Republic claimed the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 title on Saturday thanks to a dramatic 1-0 extra-time win over Saudi Arabia.
Jeong Tae-wook’s goal in the 113th minute of a closely-fought encounter helped Korea Republic seal their first-ever Continental crown at this level, one which comes four years after they dramatically lost to Japan in the final of the competition’s 2016 edition.
For Saudi Arabia, however, the result brought late heartbreak following a campaign in which they had excelled en route to their disappointing defeat at the hands of their East Asian counterparts.
We’ve got to keep working, says Australia hero D’Agostino
Bangkok: Nicholas D’Agostino has urged Australia to keep working hard after his strike against Uzbekistan in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 third place play-off match took the Olyroos to the Tokyo Olympics.
D’Agostino’s solo run in the 47th minute proved to be the difference as Australia won 1-0 at the Rajamangala Stadium on Saturday to join Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and hosts Japan as Asia’s representatives at Tokyo 2020.
Drulovic proud of Uzbekistan despite Olympic disappointment
Bangkok: Uzbekistan head coach Ljubinko Drulovic has declared that he is proud of his players despite seeing the Central Asians lose 1-0 to Australia on Saturday to finish fourth at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 and have their hopes of qualifying for this year’s Olympic Games dashed.
Nicholas D’Agostino’s superb 47th minute strike proved the difference on a night when Uzbekistan missed several opportunities to seal the win and their cause was hindered severely by the second-half dismissal of substitute Oybek Bozorov.
The result brought Uzbekistan’s once promising campaign to a disappointing end, and left Drulovic to reflect on what could have been for the competition’s 2018 champions.