Tashkent: Trevor Morgan was left to rue a missed opportunity after Australia fell to a 2-0 defeat against Saudi Arabia in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 semi-finals on Wednesday.
The Olyroos went into the last four tie at the Pakhtakor Stadium aiming to make the final for the first time but had to concede defeat to Saudi Arabia, who scored through Hussain Al Eisa and Ayman Yahya to seal a second successive appearance in the decider.
Making things worse for Australia was Jay Rich-Baghuelo’s sending off in the 39th minute, with Saudi Arabia leading 1-0 at that stage.
Tashkent: Uzbekistan's thorough analysis of Japan led to their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 semi-final victory on Wednesday, said head coach Timur Kapadze.
After a tight first half at the Bunyodkor Stadium, the hosts turned on the power and were rewarded with goals by Jasurbek Jaloliddin and Husain Norchaev to advance to their second AFC U23 Asian Cup final, having lifted the title in 2018.
Tashkent: Saad Al Shehri thanked his players for their focus, determination and - more importantly - sticking to the game plan after Saudi Arabia cruised into the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 final on Wednesday.
The two-time runners-up were never really troubled by Australia in their last four tie at the Pakhtakor Stadium as goals by Hussain Al Eisa and Ayman Yahya took them within one match of lifting the title for the first time.