Group C: Korea Republic open title defence with win against Malaysia
Tashkent: Korea Republic kicked off their defence of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ title with a 4-1 win over Malaysia at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Thursday.
Lee Sang-min opened the defending champions' Uzbekistan 2022 Group C account just after the half hour mark with Kim Tae-hwan scoring from distance three minutes into the second half. Malaysia pulled one back through Mukhairi Ajmal in the 83rd minute but there was to be no fightback as Cho Young-wook scored twice in the closing minutes for an emphatic win.
Tashkent: Thailand came from behind twice to hold Vietnam 2-2 in Group C of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Thursday.
Vietnam took the lead as early as the first minute, only for a fighting Thailand to draw level in the 34th minute. The young Golden Star Warriors went ahead again in the 73rd minute, but were denied a winning start when their Southeast Asian rivals equalised with a stoppage time goal.
Tashkent: Both the United Arab Emirates and Japan head coaches have boldly sounded their intentions to be crowned the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 champions ahead of their Group D clash on Friday.
UAE, who reached the quarter-finals stage in all three of their previous appearances, are now led by head coach Denis Silva, and the Spaniard believes he has assembled the best-possible squad for the match against 2016 champions Japan.