Tashkent: Head coach Trevor Morgan believes his Australian side’s creativity led to their 1-0 win over Turkmenistan in their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-final tie on Saturday.
After holding Australia for nearly three quarters of the match, Turkmenistan’s Oraz Orazov conceded an own goal in the 74th minute, which sent the Olyroos through to face either Saudi Arabia or Vietnam in the semi-finals.
Kapadze: Uzbekistan showed amazing spirit in overcoming Iraq
Tashkent: While admitting that his side found themselves in a rather sticky situation in their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-final against Iraq, head coach Timur Kapadze was proud with the amazing response his Uzbekistan players produced to book their semi-final spot.
Reduced to 10 men following goalkeeper Abduvohid Nematov’s sending off for violent conduct at the Pakhtakor Stadium on Saturday, Uzbekistan fought back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1, only for penalties to be needed to decide the last eight tie after Iraq equalised to take the match into extra-time.
Uzbekistan proved to be the cooler of the two sides in the shootout, with the 2018 champions advancing with a 3-2 win.