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D'Agostino, Lee Dong Jun and other young guns competing for AFC U23's Golden Boot Award

D'Agostino, Lee Dong Jun and other young guns competing for AFC U23's Golden Boot Award

Apart from the prestigious trophy plus Olympic tickets, the Golden Boot – an award for the top scorer – has been also competitive in the AFC U23 Championship 2020.

With nearly half of the group stage has been through, there have been a few surprises, as well as excitement in the AFC U23 Championship. Almost all of the matches until now have been played with strict tactical gameplay, leading to a considerable lack of goals.

The top scorer now is shared among 8 contenders, with 2 goals each. Notably, there are 2 players from Syria U23, 2 from Thailand U23 and the rest are from Australia U23, South Korea U23, Uzbekistan U23 and Iraq U23.

With Australia U23 having the upper hand for an advancing ticket to the next round, their key striker Nicolas D’Agostino, with 2 goals in the last match against Thailand U23, will be the focal point to this exciting team, as they meet Bahrain U23 in the final match of the group stage. An impressive win will guarantee them a top spot, and a convincing performance from D’Agostino will boost his chance for the Golden Boot battle.

DAgostino, Lee Dong Jun and other young guns competing for AFC U23s Golden Boot Award

As the South Korea U23 already advanced to the next round, there might be some rotational decision from head coach Kim Hak Bum in their match against Uzbekistan U23. The reigning champion will need at least a draw to advance to the knockout stage.

Both Lee Dong Jun of South Korea U23 and Islomjon Kobilov of Uzbekistan U23 will have the chance to prove themselves later on at the next stage, for a shot at the Golden Boot.

DAgostino, Lee Dong Jun and other young guns competing for AFC U23s Golden Boot Award

Syria U23, with the help of the striking duo Abd Al Rahman Barakat and Alaa Aldin Dali, overcame Qatar U23 and Japan U23 to gain the first place in Group B after 2 matchdays. The duo has two goals each and will be much danger to the potential opponents in the knock-out stage.

DAgostino, Lee Dong Jun and other young guns competing for AFC U23s Golden Boot Award

As for Mohammed Nassif of Iraq U23, his firing force leading two goals in the first two matches will be much needed in a crucial match against Thailand U23. Thailand U23 may have scored 6 goals over the last two matches, but their chance of advancing is still in doubt.

Their 17-year-old prodigy Suphanat Mueanta, with 2 goals in the first match, is now doubtful for the match against Iraq U23 after an injury. Jaroensak Wonggorn also scored 2 goals against Bahrain U23, but he came up with a dreadful performance when being substituted against Australia U23.

Overall, with the gap between the top scorers is not that big, chances are still available for any young guns.

DAgostino, Lee Dong Jun and other young guns competing for AFC U23s Golden Boot Award

Current AFC U23 Championship top scorers (up to January 13th)

Nicholas D'Agostino (Australia U23) - 2 goals

Abd Al Rahman Barakat (Syria U23) - 2 goals

Alaa Aldin Dali (Syria U23) - 2 goals

Lee Dong-Jun (South Korea U23) - 2 goals

Islomjon Kobilov (Uzbekistan U23) - 2 goals

Mohammed Nassif (Iraq U23) - 2 goals

Jaroensak Wonggorn (Thailand U23) - 2 goals

Suphanat Mueanta (Thailand U23) - 2 goals