Vietnam’s Gong, Korea Republic’s Hwang satisfied after fighting draw
Tashkent: Head coach Gong Oh-kyun was proud of Vietnam for rising up to challenge against AFC U23 Asian Cup™ defending champions Korea Republic, but was disappointed not to have taken full advantage against the 10-man side.
Substitute Cho Young-wook scored his third goal of the tournament in the 63rd minute to hand Korea Republic the lead, who were then reduced to 10 men when Lee Jin-yong was sent off 15 minutes later with Vu Tien Long’s impressive strike in the 83rd sealing a point for Vietnam.
Group C: Thailand sizzle against Malaysia to stay in quarter-final race
Tashkent: Thailand defeated Malaysia 3-0 on Sunday to stay on course for a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022.
Suphanat Mueanta scored twice with Channarong Promsrikaew adding the third in a meeting between two Southeast Asian rivals at the Bunyodkor Stadium.
Victory means Thailand face a winner-takes-all clash with Korea Republic on Wednesday, with Malaysia only playing for pride against Vietnam, who are also still in the running for a knockout stage spot.
Group C: Vietnam hold Korea Republic to keep hopes alive
Tashkent: Vietnam fought back from a goal down to hold ten-man Korea Republic 1-1 in Group C of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Sunday.
The draw meant defending champions Korea Republic were denied the opportunity to seal their berth in the knockout stage with a match to spare while Vietnam, runners-up in 2018, are still very much in the race to advance.
Tashkent: Former champions Japan and twice runners-up Saudi Arabia are primed for a classic showdown when they meet in Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Monday.
The Matchday Two face-off at the Pakhtakor Stadium will be a thrilling encounter with Japan coming off a 2-1 win over UAE, while Saudi Arabia flexed their muscles to breeze past Tajikistan 5-0 in their respective openers.
Tashkent: Head coach Denis Silva has only one instruction for his United Arab Emirates side ahead of their AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Matchday Two clash with Tajikistan on Monday - create more chances.
Both UAE and Tajikistan find themselves without a point in Group D after opening day losses to Japan and Saudi Arabia respectively.
Silva, however, was not only unfazed by the defeat but was also pleased with his squad’s performance against the 2016 champions but wants UAE to improve their presence in the final third.
Thrilling Road to AFC Asian Cup 2023™ set for classic battles
Kuala Lumpur: After three years of riveting drama and excitement, the race to the upcoming edition of the AFC Asian Cup™ will reach its decisive stage on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, as Asia’s 24 remaining contenders begin their quest to secure the final 11 spots at the Continent’s pinnacle national team stage.
Raising the stakes, the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round will see fierce battles and old rivalries restored across six centralised venues – Kuwait (Group A), Mongolia (Group B), Uzbekistan (Group C), India (Group D), Malaysia (Group E) and Kyrgyz Republic (Group F) where Asia’s hopefuls will battle across three Matchdays on June 8, 11 and 14.