Group C: Vietnam hold Korea Republic to keep hopes alive
Tashkent: Vietnam fought back from a goal down to hold ten-man Korea Republic 1-1 in Group C of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Sunday.
The draw meant defending champions Korea Republic were denied the opportunity to seal their berth in the knockout stage with a match to spare while Vietnam, runners-up in 2018, are still very much in the race to advance.
Group C: Thailand sizzle against Malaysia to stay in quarter-final race
Tashkent: Thailand defeated Malaysia 3-0 on Sunday to stay on course for a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022.
Suphanat Mueanta scored twice with Channarong Promsrikaew adding the third in a meeting between two Southeast Asian rivals at the Bunyodkor Stadium.
Victory means Thailand face a winner-takes-all clash with Korea Republic on Wednesday, with Malaysia only playing for pride against Vietnam, who are also still in the running for a knockout stage spot.
Tashkent: Former champions Japan and twice runners-up Saudi Arabia are primed for a classic showdown when they meet in Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Monday.
The Matchday Two face-off at the Pakhtakor Stadium will be a thrilling encounter with Japan coming off a 2-1 win over UAE, while Saudi Arabia flexed their muscles to breeze past Tajikistan 5-0 in their respective openers.
Tashkent: Head coach Denis Silva has only one instruction for his United Arab Emirates side ahead of their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Matchday Two clash with Tajikistan on Monday - create more chances.
Both UAE and Tajikistan find themselves without a point in Group D after opening day losses to Japan and Saudi Arabia respectively.
Silva, however, was not only unfazed by the defeat but was also pleased with his squad’s performance against the 2016 champions but wants UAE to improve their presence in the final third.
Kapadze: Uzbekistan’s focus reason for impressive victory against Qatar
Tashkent: Head coach Timur Kapadze was the architect behind Uzbekistan’s 6-0 win over Qatar on Matchday Two of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ 2022, as the hosts thoroughly dismantled their Group A rivals to become the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Five different scorers and an own goal saw Uzbekistan cruise to an emphatic victory to secure a top spot finish with a match to spare.
Charyyev dedicates triumph to Turkmenistan teammates
Tashkent: Matchwinner Teymur Charyyev thanked his teammates for their contribution after Turkmenistan defeated Islamic Republic of Iran 2-1 in Group A of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Saturday.
Arzuvguly Sapargulyyev cancelled out Iran’s opener to level the score going into the break before Charyyev’s stunning strike in the second half sealed a historic win for Turkmenistan on their tournament debut.
Jordan’s Hayel salutes Aburiziq’s goalscoring streak, Abdulaziz left to reflect Kuwait’s loss
Qarshi: Jordan head coach Ahmad Hayel hailed his players resolve to crack open Kuwait’s defensive backline in their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Saturday, an important win which kept them in the race for a quarter-final berth.
Kuwait defended in numbers for over an hour, relying on rare counterattacks to catch Jordan by surprise but the latter found a breakthrough through their in-form striker Mohammed Aburiziq, the second time in as many games in their Group B campaign.
Qarshi: Forward Alou Kuol rated his ‘scorpion goal’ against Iraq as one of his best, and it couldn’t have come at a more crucial moment with Australia down to 10 men in their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group B encounter on Saturday.
The lanky player, who plays for Germany’s SV Sandhausen, was running towards Joshua Rawlin’s cross but as the ball’s path was slightly behind him, Kuol acrobatically connected with his back heel to put his team ahead before the break.