Tashkent: Head coach Timur Kapadze is fully aware of what is stake when the hosts face Japan in the semi-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Wednesday.
The match at the Bunyodkor Stadium will be a repeat of the 2018 quarter-final with Uzbekistan defeating Japan 4-0 en route to winning the title.
Japan’s Class of 2022, however, are at a different level - as shown in their impressive 3-0 win over defending champions Korea Republic in the quarter-finals and Kapadze knows his team, who edged Iraq on penalties to advance, are in for another massive challenge.
Boosted Najjarine wants title, Al Yami confident of chances
Tashkent: Motivated by the senior team’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification, Ramy Najjarine is determined to help steer Australia to the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 title.
The Socceroos confirmed a sixth FIFA World Cup Finals appearance with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Peru in Doha on Monday and attacking midfielder Najjarine said he is determined this generation of Olyroos will win the AFC U23 Asian Cup for the first time.
AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round - MD3 Results & Reports
Kuala Lumpur: The cast for the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ will be finalised on Tuesday. While some teams' hopes have already been dashed, most remain in contention in the six AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round groups.
The six group winners and five best runners-up will join the 13 teams who have already qualified for the Finals.
Stay updated on the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round through the AFC's digital platforms.
Dancing goalkeeper Redmayne sends Australia to FIFA World Cup
Doha: Australia on Tuesday celebrated the antics of dancing goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne whose penalty shootout save against Peru saw them to a fifth straight FIFA World Cup Finals.
The 33-year-old clowned his way along the goal line as Peru's players prepared to take their penalty kicks and his block of Alex Valera's shot gave Australia a 5-4 win after the two sides had been deadlocked without a goal for 120 minutes.
Australia coach Graham Arnold brought Redmayne on for team captain Mathew Ryan for the final minutes of extra time as a ploy for the shootout.
Hrustic glad to have played part in Socceroos' qualification
Doha: Australia forward Ajdin Hrustic reveled in his country’s fifth consecutive qualification to the FIFA World Cup after the Socceroos defeated Peru in the Inter-Confederation Play-off to become the sixth Asian team to reach Qatar 2022.
Hrustic and company needed 120 minutes and some heroic goalkeeping from Andrew Redmayne who was brought on by head coach Graham Arnold to replace Mat Ryan in the 120th minute and rewarded his manager by saving Alex Valera’s penalty to send Australia into the FIFA World Cup.
History beckons as record six Asian teams qualify for the global showpiece
Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Australia for becoming the record sixth AFC side to secure their place at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after the Socceroos successfully navigated past Peru 5-4 on penalties as both sides played to a goalless draw after 120 minutes in a riveting FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Playoff on Monday.
AFC President Shaikh Salman said: “On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Australia for qualifying to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.