Bangkok: Alaa Aldin Dali has urged Syria to be fully focused in their final AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 Group B tie against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
Dali has been Syria’s super-sub in Thailand 2020, coming off the bench in their group opener against Qatar to help salvage a 2-2 draw, and was on target again when his incredible run from the half-line mark ended with him slotting past Japanese goalkeeper Keisuke Osako to ensure a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Their victory over the 2016 champions propelled Syria to the top of the group, and a win over Saudi Arabia will assure them a first appearance in the quarter-finals since the inaugural edition in 2013-14.
Syria's super-subs live up to Hakeem's expectations
Bangkok: Ayman Hakeem hailed the influence of his substitutes as Syria handed Japan a last-gasp 2-1 defeat on Sunday that knocked the former champions out of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 and kept alive the West Asian nation's hopes of a place in the knockout rounds.
Ala’a Aldin Dali came off the bench for the second game in a row to score a decisive goal for Hakeem’s side, netting the winner against Japan three days after scoring a late equaliser against Qatar in Syria’s opening game in Group B.
Bangkok: A breakaway goal two minutes from time by Syria’s Ala’a Aldin Dali condemned Japan to a 2-1 defeat at Thammasat Stadium on Sunday that sees the 2016 champions exit the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 with one game remaining.
Dali raced half the length of the field before slotting past Japanese goalkeeper Keisuke Saito to leave the Japanese rooted to the bottom of Group B without a point from their first two games and with no way to progress beyond the opening phase of the competition.
Bangkok: Saudi Arabia head coach Saad Alshehri believes a lack of individual brilliance proved crucial as his side were held to a 0-0 draw by Qatar in Group B of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Sunday.
Despite creating the more clear-cut opportunities in what proved to be a tight and tense encounter at the Thammasat Stadium, the Saudis failed to convert a number of second-half chances after breaching a resolute Qatar defence.
Bangkok: Saudi Arabia drew 0-0 with Qatar in Group B of the AFC U23 Championship on Sunday to leave both sides firmly in contention to reach the competition’s quarter-finals.
With one game each still to play, the result sees Saudi Arabia move to four points following their impressive defeat of Japan on Matchday One, with Qatar – in the wake of their draw with Syria – two points adrift of their regional rivals.
Saudi Arabia complete their group stage fixtures on Wednesday when they face Syria, while Qatar will tackle Japan on the same day.
Tokyo 2020 is what matters to us, says Saudi Arabia's Al Shehri
Bangkok: Saad Al Shehri put thoughts of revenge to one side as he celebrated guiding Saudi Arabia to an opening victory over Japan on Thursday as the West Asian nation picked up a 2-1 win over Hajime Moriyasu’s side in Group B of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.
Abdulrahman Ghareeb’s penalty two minutes from time sealed the three points for the Saudis as Al Shehri earned some personal payback for the defeat he suffered at the hands of the Japanese in the final of the AFC U19 Championship in Bahrain in 2016.
But while the Saudi coach would be forgiven for rejoicing at avenging that defeat – which came via a penalty shootout – he chose instead to look to the future, and the prospect of qualifying his country for the Olympic Games for the first time since 1996.