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UNSTOPPABLE!!! When the giants show their domination at the AFC U23 Championship

UNSTOPPABLE!!! When the giants show their domination at the AFC U23 Championship

The two semi-finals are now set, with Saudi Arabia U23 go head-to-head against Uzbekistan U23, and South Korea U23 versus Australia U23 at the other match.

There hasn’t been any significant surprise and upset so far as the teams showing their domination and determination in the AFC U23 Championship. With the Olympics ticket insight, top contenders want to avoid as many possible mistakes and step firmly to the bigger goal.

UNSTOPPABLE!!! When the giants show their domination at the AFC U23 Championship

Unlike 2 years ago, where the audience witnessed the dark horse Vietnam U23 conquered the bigger names and made it all to the final, only to lose to Uzbekistan U23 at extra time, the teams are now more careful in each and every match. Vietnam U23 this year finished at the 4th place, without a win.

The champion Uzbekistan U23 started out struggling, only finished 2nd before the quarter-final. But a solid performance against Marcej Skorza’s UAE U23 asserted their domination, in a match that they were trailing. The side flipped the state of the match, striking clinically and finished with 5 goals after 90 minutes.

UNSTOPPABLE!!! When the giants show their domination at the AFC U23 Championship

As for South Korea, they tend to seal the win in dramatic fashion, in the last minutes. Either the first match against China U23 or the lastest quarter-final match against Jordan U23, Kim Hak Buk side exploited opposition’s lack of concentration at the end of the match. The side hasn’t lost a single match in the competition and will hope to continue the streak until the end of the tournament.

Also remained unbeaten in the tournament is Australia U23. With players gaining experience from Europe, Australia has shown its quality and desire to go all the way. Graham Arnold has brought to this tournament a solid team, defensively good at the back and clinical in the front end.

As well as the aforementioned forces, the West Asian sides have brought to this tournament some new lights and fresh faces that could be as equally good in the future as the eastern sides. Jordan, UAE, Syria and Saudi Arabia all participated in the quarter-finals, but only Saudi Arabia U23 remained in the competition.

UNSTOPPABLE!!! When the giants show their domination at the AFC U23 Championship

This showed the quality of the sides, but lack of experience in the knock-out stage. 3 out of 4 teams were eliminated, and Saudi Arabia had to gain the benefit of the referee’s doubt to advance.

The most disappointed team in this tournament so far is Japan U23. Considered as a title contender before the competition, the team was eliminated in such a distraught fashion. As a tournament to prepare for the Olympics Tokyo 2020, the performance has brought many doubts to their home fans, in a competition hosted at their home.

UNSTOPPABLE!!! When the giants show their domination at the AFC U23 Championship

As the semi-finals are approaching, 4 teams will have to bring their A-game in order to secure a ticket to Tokyo this summer. They have to win at least one match out of the remaining two to join Japan to the Olympics