Al Shehri: Saudi Arabia deserve to be champions as we were the best team
Tashkent: Head coach Saad Al Shehri was in a joyous mood after leading Saudi Arabia to their first-ever AFC U23 Asian Cup™ title, saying the victory was just the beginning of a successful journey for his players.
The young Green Falcons displayed great determination to overcome an Uzbekistan side that had the support of over 30,000 fans at the Bunyodkor Stadium, with Ahmed Al Ghamdi breaking the deadlock in the 48th minute, before Firas Albrikan sealed the 2-0 victory over the hosts.
Tashkent: Uzbekistan were denied a second AFC U23 Asian Cup™ title after losing to Saudi Arabia in the 2022 final on Sunday, but head coach Timur Kapadze was proud of his players for giving their all.
After a slow start to the match at the Bunyodkor Stadium, Saudi Arabia came out stronger in the second half with Ahmed Alghamdi and Firas Albrikan scoring with the hosts unable to penetrate a defence that ended the tournament without conceding even once.
Saudi Arabia defeat Uzbekistan to lift long awaited title
Tashkent: Saudi Arabia were crowned the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 champions after beating Uzbekistan 2-0 in the final on Sunday.
The young Green Falcons turned on the power in the second half with Ahmed Alghamdi and Firas Albrikan finding the back of the net as Saudi Arabia lifted the title for the first time after having finished runners-up in 2013 and 2020.
Amazingly, the 2022 title was won with Saudi Arabia not conceding a single goal in six matches.
AFC President congratulates Saudi Arabia on securing first-ever AFC U23 Asian Cup™ title
Tashkent: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Saudi Arabia for winning their maiden AFC U23 Asian Cup™ crown after the Green Falcons defeated hosts Uzbekistan 2-0 in an enthralling final at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Sunday.
Runners-up in 2013 and 2020, Saudi Arabia finally clinched the coveted title with Ahmed Alghamdi and Firas Albrikan finding the back of the net in the final as the Green Falcons kept an impressive flawless defensive record throughout the tournament.