Qualifiers - Group I: Vietnam edge gritty Chinese Taipei
Bishkek: Vietnam emerged from a challenging opening AFC U23 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2020 qualifying match with maximum points after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei at Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Wednesday.
The 2018 champions controlled much of the game, but it took until the 82nd minute for Le Van Xuan to provide the decisive goal, sending Park Hang-seo’s charges to the top of the three-team Group I after one Matchday.
Hwang, Kyogo and four Iranian stars: Vote for AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Some of Asia’s top players outside of the continent were at their brilliant best this week, lighting up league and continental competitions alike.
Team Melli’s European-based stars were unstoppable, with Mehdi Taremi and Sardar Azmoun both piling on the goals for their respective clubs, while Hwang Hee-chan and Kyogo Furuhashi continued their stunning early days in British football.
But who was Asia’s best player outside of the continent for the week just passed?
Study our list of contenders – based on performances from October 19 to 25 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Kuala Lumpur: The stage is set for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 draw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
With the tournament expanded to 12 teams, the sides will be drawn into three groups for the Continental showpiece on January 20-February 6.
India qualified as hosts while Japan, Australia and China PR earned automatic spots based on their 2018 finishes. Eight teams advanced from the qualifiers. Join the-AFC.com as we look at the facts and stats of the 12 teams.