Tashkent: Saad Al Shehri's Saudi Arabia will settle for nothing less than the title after topping Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022.
The two-time runners-up confirmed their position as group winners following a 2-0 win over United Arab Emirates on Thursday, a result which meant they finished on seven points and ahead of Japan on goal difference.
Up next for Saudi Arabia are 2018 runners-up Vietnam but Al Shehri is looking beyond the quarter-finals.
Saudi Arabia’s Yahya shifts focus to Vietnam after group stage success
Tashkent: Player of the match Ayman Yahya hailed the positive influence of head coach Saad Al Shehri and his teammates following Saudi Arabia’s 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group D fixture on Thursday.
Second half goals from Aiman Yahya and Saud Abdulhamid at the Lokomotiv Stadium meant Saudi Arabia topped Group D ahead of Japan on goal difference.
They will play Vietnam in the quarter-finals on Sunday in what will be a meeting between the 2020 and 2018 runners-up.
Japan’s Matsuoka excited to face club teammate Oh in Korea Republic face-off
Tashkent: For Japan’s Daiki Matsuoka, there is a lot to look forward to after Japan breezed 3-0 past Tajikistan in their final AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group D tie at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Thursday.
Goals from Kuryu Matsuki, Kein Sato, and Taika Nakashima meant Japan finished second behind Saudi Arabia in the group to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash against arch rivals Korea Republic.
For Matsuoka, that itself promises to be a surreal experience.