The Thai team excellently passed this year’s Asian Cup group stage with an unbeaten record, even though they were in the same group as a bright candidate for the championship, the Saudi Arabian team. Therefore, coach Masatada Ishii and his team were also predicted to be able to surprise Uzbekistan when entering the round of 16.
However, Uzbekistan soon showed their superior class right in the first half. After consecutive scoring efforts from Urunov or Masharipov, the representative from Central Asia was finally able to break the deadlock in the 37th minute. Receiving a pass from Kholmatov, Turgunboev controlled the ball with class and finished. Accurate in the box to put Uzbekistan ahead.
Entering the second half, Thailand’s position improved clearly, and they soon scored an equalizer in the 58th minute thanks to Supachok’s dangerous long-range shot. However, just 7 minutes later, Uzbekistan got the second goal with Fayzullaev’s impressive turn and finish at the edge of the penalty area.
In the following minutes, both teams created more good opportunities, but no more goals were scored. Final round, Uzbekistan entered the next round with a 2-1 victory and Thailand had to say goodbye to the tournament.
Huynh Phong | 20:03 January 30, 2024