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2020 AFC U23 championship - Group B preview: Who can hinder Japan?

2020 AFC U23 championship - Group B preview: Who can hinder Japan?

Group B of the 2020 AFC U23 championship will be a competition of 4 teams including Japan U23, Qatar U23, Saudi Arabia U23 and Syria U23.

Looking at Group B at the 2020 AFC U23 championship, Japan U23 is highly appreciated but they have to face 3 West Asian teams. Japan could still attend the 2020 Olympics as this huge tournament takes place in Tokyo, Japan. However, coach Moriyasu Hajime still shows his determination to win the title in order to show the Japanese football's class.

In the qualifying round, Japan U23 won the absolute 9 points by overcoming Macau, Timor Leste and Myanmar, scoring 21 goals without conceding a goal. Therefore, Japan U23 is the candidate for the first place in Group B, even for the title.

However, Group B also has the presence of another formidable team, Qatar U23. In 2018, Qatar reached the semi-finals and lost to Vietnam U23 on the thrilling penalties series. To get tickets to Thailand this time, Qatar U23 has also qualified for the first place. Qatar had equal points to Oman but they got better goal difference.

This time is the most beautiful time of Qatar football as their national football team won the Asian Cup 2019 title with talented young players. This U23 generation also has various Qatar national players, thus they cannot be underestimated by other teams.

2020 AFC U23 championship - Group B preview: Who can hinder Japan?

The other two opponents, Saudi Arabia U23 and Syria U23 are less evaluated in this group. Both Saudi Arabia and Syria are the second best-performing teams in the qualifying round.

In general, Group B of the 2020 AFC U23 championship is the competition between Japan and Qatar to finish first and second. Nevertheless, experts do not deselect the name Syria and Saudi Arabia as the potential candidates, because football always gets hidden surprises.

According to the schedule, Qatar U23 will meet Syria U23 on January 9th, 2020. On the same day, Japan U23 faces Saudi Arabia U23.