Kuala Lumpur: Defending champions Uzbekistan were among the 16 countries that booked their places in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 after an intense qualifying round which ended on Tuesday.
The Central Asians topped Group F with a convincing 3-0 victory against India and drawing 0-0 with Tajikistan while the runners-up in the 2018 final Vietnam topped Group K, ahead of Thailand, who had already qualified as host of the competition.
And the 2016 champions Japan were undefeated in Group I where they recorded stunning victories over Macau (8-0), Timor Leste (6-0) and host Myanmar (7-0).
There is extra significance for the AFC U-23 Championships, which will take place from January 8 to 26, 2020, as the top three teams qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July, although should Japan emerge as one of them, the fourth-placed side will advance.
Kuala Lumpur: The cast of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2019 will be known on Tuesday as the Qualifiers conclude across the Continent. Stay updated with the-AFC.com as we bring you the latest on the 15 teams who will join host Thailand in the Finals next January.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2019 Qualifiers heats up as the 43 teams enter Matchday Two on Sunday. Keep up-to-date with the-AFC.com for the fixtures and latest results from the action across Asia.
Kuala Lumpur: Keep up-to-date with the-AFC.com as we bring you live coverage of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Qualifiers, with 43 teams across Asia vying for 15 spots at the Finals next January.
Riyadh: United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia shared the spoils, as well as the relief of securing a place in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Finals after a 1-1 draw, while Lebanon signed off their Group D campaign with a win on Tuesday
UAE emerged as group winners, and sealed direct qualification to Thailand 2020, after a dramatic finale between two of West Asia's football heavyweights ended 1-1.
Goals to UAE's Zayed Al Ameri and Saudi Arabia's Saad Al Sululi meant the sides couldn't be separated on the night, with UAE's superior goal difference confirming their status as table-toppers.
While Saudi Arabia were unable to claim the win they needed to top the group, they did enough to secure the 16th and final place in the Finals, scraping in as the fourth-best runners-up ahead of Tajikistan.