Half-time pep talk, changes spurred comeback, says Syria’s Barakat
Bangkok: Abdul Rahman Barakat has revealed that head coach Ayman Hakeem’s half-time pep talk and changes sparked Syria’s dramatic comeback against Qatar in their AFC U23 Championship Group B opener on Thursday.
Syria fought back for a 2-2 draw after Qatar, who finished third in the 2018 edition, had taken a 2-0 lead after just 21 minutes at the Thammasat Stadium.
Barakat reduced the deficit in the 31st minute and Hakeem’s tweaking and pep talk at half time saw Alaa Aldin Dali equalising for Syria in added time.
Hakeem full of praise for Syria, Qatar's Sanchez rues dropped points
Bangkok: Head coach Ayman Hakeem has praised Syria’s desire and powers of recovery following Thursday’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Qatar in Group B of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.
Alaa Aldin Dali struck deep into stoppage time to earn his side a last gasp share of the spoils after the Syrians had been 2-0 down within 22 minutes of the encounter at the Thammasat Stadium.
Dali’s strike, coupled with a first-half effort from Abdul Rahman Barakat, capped a superb comeback after an error from goalkeeper William Ghannam and Yosief Mohammad’s own goal had threatened to cost Syria dear in their Continental opener.
Bangkok: Substitute Alaa Aldin Dali struck late on to salvage a point for Syria as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Qatar in Group B of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 campaign on Thursday.
Dali converted Mohammad Alhallak’s cross at the far post to earn a share of the spoils for Syria on a night when Yusuf Abdurisag’s early effort and an own goal from defender Yosief Mohammad had threatened to be their undoing.
Tokyo 2020 is what matters to us, says Saudi Arabia's Al Shehri
Bangkok: Saad Al Shehri put thoughts of revenge to one side as he celebrated guiding Saudi Arabia to an opening victory over Japan on Thursday as the West Asian nation picked up a 2-1 win over Hajime Moriyasu’s side in Group B of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.
Abdulrahman Ghareeb’s penalty two minutes from time sealed the three points for the Saudis as Al Shehri earned some personal payback for the defeat he suffered at the hands of the Japanese in the final of the AFC U19 Championship in Bahrain in 2016.
But while the Saudi coach would be forgiven for rejoicing at avenging that defeat – which came via a penalty shootout – he chose instead to look to the future, and the prospect of qualifying his country for the Olympic Games for the first time since 1996.
Bangkok: Abdulrahman Ghareeb’s late penalty earned Saudi Arabia all three points on Thursday as Saad Al Shehri’s side defeated Japan 2-1 in the nations’ opening Group B clash in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 at Thammasat Stadium.
Ghareeb converted from the spot two minutes from time after referee Chris Beath confirmed via the Video Assistant Referee that Makoto Okazaki had fouled Feras Al Brikan and the Al Ahli striker made no mistake from the spot.
The game had looked destined to end in a draw after Ayman Al Khulaif had seen his 48th minute opener for Saudi Arabia cancelled out by Ryotaro Meshino nine minutes later.
Bangkok: Head coach Abdulghani Shahad is expecting a marked improvement in Iraq’s performance when they take on Bahrain in Group A of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Saturday following their opening day draw with Australia.
Shahad’s side picked up a point in the meeting with the Olyroos on Wednesday despite enduring a difficult pre-tournament preparation period due to the suspension of the Iraqi league, which has left many of his players short of match fitness.
But, with a game under their belts, the coach is confident his team will take a step forward at Thammasat Stadium as they seek to move towards a place in the knockout rounds.
Bangkok: After seeing his Thailand side sweep to a comprehensive 5-0 win over Bahrain on Wednesday, head coach Akira Nishino has declared that the Southeast Asians do not fear any of the other teams vying for glory at this year’s AFC U23 Championship.
A brace apiece from Suphanat Mueanta and Jaroensak Wonggorn helped the host nation breeze to a comfortable Matchday One victory at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium, success which saw them go two points clear at the top of the Group A standings.