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DESTINY: Similarities point out Uzbekistan will successfully defend the AFC U23 Championship champion

DESTINY: Similarities point out Uzbekistan will successfully defend the AFC U23 Championship champion

Although not playing well at the group stage, Uzbekistan U23 proved its strength by thrashing UAE U23 in the quarter-final match.

Uzbekistan U23 team competed in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship as the defending champion when they beat Vietnam in the final match two years ago.

Even though Uzbekistan U23 did not play well at the group stage, they managed to qualify for the quarter-finals as standing in the second position of Group C.

They had only one victory against China while drawing Iran and losing South Korea U23 in the remaining games, which made them have the same point with Iran but win thanks to the goal difference.

DESTINY: Similarities point out Uzbekistan will successfully defend the AFC U23 Championship champion

However, they proved the strength of the defending champion at the knock-out stage by humiliating UAE U23 by a 5-1 score. Besides the host Thailand U23, they are one of two teams that can score 5 goals in a match in this tournament.

2 years ago, Uzbekistan U23 team also did not have a great result at the group stage. They stood in the second place, losing the Qatar U23 team, however, their performance improved impressively at the knock-out stage.

They beat Japan U23 in the quarter-finals by scoring 4 goals, then did the same against South Korea U23 in the semi-final match.

Consequently, Uzbekistan U23 has all the conditions to successfully defend the AFC U23 Championship champion like they conquered the tournament two years ago.