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.
Qarshi: Iraq had to endure a tough route to the quarter-final stage but they eventually succeeded, coming from behind to defeat Kuwait 3-1 in their final AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group B tie on Tuesday.
In an intense duel, Iraq were put on the edge when Kuwait scored in the 12th minute before being awarded a penalty which they missed, giving the 2013 champions a lifeline which they gratefully accepted and bounced back with three goals.
Tashkent: Head coach Ahmet Agamyradov said his players showed nerves of steel to force a 2-2 draw against Qatar to seal a place in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Turkmenistan became only the third debutants to reach the knockout stage, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Palestine, who achieved the feat in 2018.
Agamyradov’s charges showed tremendous fighting spirit when they forced their way back into the tie with substitute Begencmyrat Myradov netting a brace after Osamah Al Tairi had put Qatar two goals ahead.
Uzbekistan’s fringe players earn stripes, IR Iran look to the future
Qarshi: Uzbekistan head coach Timur Kapadze’s gamble to give 11 fresh players the opportunity to shine paid off when they drew 1-1 against the Islamic Republic of Iran in their final Group A encounter at the Markaziy Stadium on Tuesday.
With their quarter-final ticket already punched, Kapadze tested the mettle of his previously unused players in a match where IR Iran came out firing on all cylinders.
Australia’s Morgan looks forward to tougher challenges, Jordan’s Hayel rues early exit
Tashkent: Australia secured their place in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 quarter-finals after beating Jordan 1-0 on Tuesday, with head coach Trevor Morgan now expecting an even steeper learning curve heading into their third successive knockout stage appearance.
After an hour of goalless action, Ramy Najjarine scored from the penalty spot to hand Australia what would prove to be the winning goal at the Lokomotiv Stadium to finish top of Group B and secure a quarter-final meeting with Turkmenistan.
Myradov: Turkmenistan fully deserve to be in knockout stage
Tashkent: There was nothing novice about newcomers Turkmenistan when they finished their final Group A fixture with a scintillating 2-2 draw against Qatar in the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Tuesday.
Begencmyrat Myradov was Turkmenistan's star as he matched Qatar’s Al Tairi’s brace with two goals in a span of seven minutes, which ended up ensuring the Central Asian side a place in the final eight.