Skipper Kobilov urges Uzbekistan to go all the way
Bangkok: Skipper Islomjon Kobilov wants Uzbekistan to go all the way after the defending champions stormed into the semi-finals of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Sunday.
The Central Asians produced their best performance of the tournament to defeat United Arab Emirates 5-1 and Kobilov wants them to carry that form into Wednesday’s semi-final against Saudi Arabia.
What made the win over UAE even more commendable was that Uzbekistan recovered from conceding an early goal to ultimately cruise to victory, with five different players etching their names on the scoresheet.
Bangkok: Ljubinko Drulovic’s faith in his players was rewarded on Sunday as Uzbekistan fought back from going a goal down to defeat the United Arab Emirates 5-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.
Zayed Abdulla Alameri put the UAE ahead in the 13th minute after Uzbek goalkeeper Abduvakhid Nematov had already been forced to deny Khalfan Hassan Alhammadi with less than two minutes on the clock, but the defending champions rallied to record an emphatic win that sets up a semi-final meeting with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
Skorza: Fatigue, lack of preparation caused UAE's defeat
Bangkok: Maciej Skorza was crestfallen after seeing his United Arab Emirates side handed a 5-1 defeat in the quarter-finals of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Sunday by Uzbekistan as the West Asian nation’s hopes of a place at the Tokyo Olympic Games came crashing down.
Zayed Abdulla Alameri had given UAE the lead 13 minutes into the game as Skorza’s side made a rapid start to proceedings, but a resolute Uzbekistan battled back to take the win in emphatic fashion and leave their opponents shattered at the end.
Bangkok: Defending champions Uzbekistan bounced back from going a goal behind to hand the United Arab Emirates a 5-1 defeat at Rajamangala Stadium on Sunday to book their place in the semi-finals of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.
Zayed Abdulla Alameri put the Emiratis in front in the 13th minute but goals from Ilkhomjon Alijanov, Islomjon Kobilov and Oybek Bozorov gave Uzbekistan a 3-1 lead at half time before Jasurbek Yakshiboev and Nurillo Tukhtasinov completed the win in the dying minutes of the match.
Kim delighted after substitute sensation Lee sends Korea Republic through
Bangkok: Head coach Kim Hak-bum has revealed that a pre-empted use of substitutes played a decisive role in Korea Republic's dramatic 2-1 AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 quarter-final win over Jordan on Sunday.
After being introduced to the action at half-time, Lee Dong-gyeong stroked home a late free-kick to win the game for the East Asians who had been forced to hold off a late Jordanian rally.
With a last four encounter against Australia now awaiting Korea Republic, Kim declared that he had always intended to turn to his bench as the game progressed.
Ismail hails 'brave' Jordan players after late heartbreak
Bangkok: Jordan head coach Ahmed Abu Ismail has hailed his players’ bravery after a last gasp Korea Republic goal condemned them to a 2-1 defeat in Sunday’s enthralling AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 quarter-final tie.
Trailing to Cho Gue-sung’s first-half effort, the Jordanians rallied superbly after the break and drew level with 15 minutes of the game remaining courtesy of substitute Yazan Al Naimat’s neat finish.
However, with extra-time beckoning. Lee Dong-gyeong fired home a free-kick to break Jordanian hearts and seal the win for a distinctly relieved Korea Republic.
Q-finals: Korea Republic strike late to seal semis spot
Bangkok: Korea Republic made it four wins from four at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Sunday thanks to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Jordan which propelled them into the competition’s semi-finals and a step nearer to qualifying for this year’s Olympic Games.
Having emerged from the group stage with a perfect record, Kim Hak-bum’s rising stars continued their impressive form at the Thammasat Stadium as, despite a late Jordan rally, Lee Dong-gyeong’s last gasp free-kick helped them move to within touching distance of what would be a first-ever Continental title at this level.
The Koreans, who have featured at every Olympic extravaganza since they were hosts in 1988, will now face Australia in an encounter which promises the winners both a place in the final and a berth at Tokyo 2020.