Group B: Iraq produce stunning fightback to book knockout stage ticket
Qarshi: Iraq fought back from a goal down to defeat Kuwait 3-1 in Group B to seal their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-final ticket at the Markaziy Stadium on Tuesday.
Kuwait made their West Asian opponents sweat when Yousef Alrasheedi opened the scoring but the hero turned villain after missing from the spot, leading to an Iraq fightback that saw goals from Muntadher Mohammed, Moamel Abdulridha Ogaili and Mohammed Albaqer to dramatically seal their qualification to the next stage as the Group B runners-up behind Australia.
Group A: Resilient Turkmenistan advance to historic quarter-finals
Tashkent: Turkmenistan came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw against Qatar in Group A to seal a historic AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-final ticket at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Tuesday.
Debutants Turkmenistan looked to be heading out after Qatar’s Osamah Al Tairi scored in the 65th and 73rd minutes but they refused to give up as Begencmyrat Myradov replied with two goals of his own in the 75th and 82nd minutes.
With Islamic Republic of Iran only managing a 1-1 draw with Group A winners Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan finished second on four points and will face Group B's top side Australia in the quarter-finals.
Qarshi: Qarshi: The Islamic Republic of Iran’s run in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 came to an end after playing to a 1-1 draw against Uzbekistan at the Markaziy Stadium on Tuesday.
Uzbekistan scored in the first half from Jurakuziyev Otabek and IR Iran levelled through Arya Yousefi but could not find the winner as they made their exit from the Group Stage with Uzbekistan finishing as Group A winners followed by history-makers Turkmenistan, who fought back from two goals down to hold Qatar 2-2.
Tashkent: Head coach Gong Oh-kyun is confident Vietnam will beat Malaysia in their final AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group C fixture on Wednesday to seal qualification to the knockout stage.
A fatigued Vietnam ended Korea Republic’s seven-game winning streak stretching back to their 2020 campaign after holding the defending champions to a 1-1 draw on Matchday Two to move to two points, with the Koreans and Thailand on four each.
Tashkent: Orchestrator of numerous chances throughout the match, United Arab Emirates star Saeed Al Kaabi helped his team get on the path to a decisive 2-0 victory against debutants Tajikistan in Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Monday.
Al Kaabi set Abdelaziz Mohamed up with the first goal in the 12th minute. He then went on to engineer a number of chances as UAE bounced back from their 2-1 defeat to Japan with Al Kaabi saying he is determined to see his side play in the final on June 19.
Silva hails UAE fighting spirit in win over Tajikistan
Tashkent: Head coach Denis Silva praised his United Arab Emirates team for giving their all to overcome internal issues and secure a crucial victory over Tajikistan in their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group D tie on Monday.
A goal in each half revived UAE’s knockout stage hopes as they sit third on three points, one behind Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Silva said his side was faced with illness that had affected their preparations, and while some of his players were still not fully recovered, they powered through against a steely Tajikistan.