Hwang expects a more clinical Korea Republic in knockout stage
Tashkent: Korea Republic secured their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-final spot after edging Thailand 1-0 at the Pakhtakor Stadium on Wednesday but head coach Hwang Sun-hong believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
Go Jae-hyeon’s 35th-minute strike sealed the win for the defending champions against a resolute Thailand, who were also in the running for a knockout stage berth, and Hwang congratulated his players for achieving their target with Korea Republic topping Group C on seven points.
Hai Long eyes more playing time after helping Vietnam into quarter-finals
Tashkent: Nguyen Hai Long was trusted by head coach Gong Oh-kyun to start Vietnam’s final AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group C tie against Malaysia on Wednesday and the midfielder repaid the faith in him by producing a player of the match performance.
Although Hai Long did not get on the scoresheet, he played a pivotal role in Vietnam’s 2-0 win which saw the 2018 runners-up finishing second behind Korea Republic to advance to the quarter-finals at Thailand’s expense.
Boosted by his performance, the 21-year-old is now hoping for more playing time as Vietnam look to extend their Uzbekistan 2022 adventure, with the Group D winners their opponents in the quarter-finals.
Tashkent: Head coach Go Oiwa is confident Japan will earn their spot in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-finals with a win against Tajikistan in their final Group D tie at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Thursday.
Japan are level on four points with Saudi Arabia but behind on goal difference and a win against already eliminated Tajikistan will seal their berth into the knockout stage.