With the home field advantage and the cheers of thousands of spectators, U20 Uzbekistan entered the game full of energy and quickly created an overwhelming match against U20 Iraq.
The first significant opportunity belonged to Asadbek Juraboyev, but this player did not have time to touch the ball after a slot like clearing the team’s deck, in the 14th minute.
After that, the host U20 continued to dominate the game, while U20 Iraq also got a few sharp counter-attacks. However, the brightest star on their attack, Ali Jasim, could not be taken advantage of.
After the break, Uzbekistan U20 continued to play actively while Iraq U20 organized a tight defense in the home field and waited for the opportunity to counterattack.
Minute 65, Ali Jasim poked a delicate slot for Ayoob Jameel but he could not beat goalkeeper Boymurodov in the face-to-face phase.
After a lot of efforts, finally U20 Uzbekistan also got a goal to break the deadlock in the 72nd minute. Uzbekistan U20 player was fouled by Fadhil Najafi in the penalty area. On the 11m mark, captain Rahmonaliyev did not miss the opportunity to score the opening goal of the match.
Having a goal to take the lead, Uzbekistan U20 actively gave up the game to Iraq U20. The white shirt players also created a few chances but were powerless to find the equalizer.
While the score 1-0 was preserved by U20 Uzbekistan until the end of time. The host team U20 Uzbekistan won the Asian U20 Championship for the first time.
U20 Uzbekistan is unbeaten in the last 4 matches, winning 4 and only drawing Indonesia. Meanwhile, Iraq U23’s only defeat in the past 5 matches was against Uzbekistan U20 in the group stage.
U20 Uzebkistan confronts U20 Iraq in the “eight-foot, half-pound” mentality. Uzbekistan U20 has the relay of the home audience. This is really a great source of encouragement for the home team to hope for the first time to win the Asian U20 Championship.
Iraq U20 has better scoring performance than Uzbekistan U20. U20 Iraq scored 6 goals while U20 Uzbekistan only had 4 goals, including 1 counter-kick until the final match.
However, the defense of U20 Uzbekistan is showing a more solid image when only 1 time in the net to pick up the ball while, U20 Iraq has lost 4 goals.
U20 Uzbekistan vs Iraq U20 starting lineup
Uzbekistan U20: Boymurodov, Ortiqboyev, O’rozov, Makhamadjonov, Khusanov, Fayzullaev, Abdurahmatov, Asqarov, Rahmonaliyev, Esanov, Kholdorkhonov
Iraq U20: Hussein Hassan, Muslim Mousa, Abbas Majid, Aboulrazzaq Qasim, Talib Abdulkhaleq, Kadhim Raad, Hayder Aboulkareem, Abbas Fadhil, Sajjad Mahdi, Charbel Shamoon, Ali Jasim
Libra | 23:02 18/03/2023