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.
Arnold: Taking Australia to the Olympics one of my greatest achievements
Bangkok: Graham Arnold hailed Australia’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games as among the greatest achievements of his coaching career after steering his side to third place at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 with a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan on Saturday.
Nick D’Agostino’s individual goal two minutes into the second half sealed the win for the Olyroos and ended Australia’s 12-year Olympic absence, leaving Arnold delighted with the achievements of a squad that features a host of players who rarely play for their clubs.
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.
AFC Sponsors benefit from maximum exposure at Thailand 2020
Bangkok: The stature and appeal of Asian football has been further strengthened at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 with the AFC’s Commercial Partners enjoying a full suite of innovative activations and opportunities designed to inspire greater engagement and enhance brand awareness.
More than 20 activations have been introduced and the AFC sponsors have hailed the scope, depth and innovative approach undertaken since the 19-day tournament kicked off on January 8.