- Japan and Tajikistan qualify for subsequent yr’s FIFA U-17 World Cup
- First two nations from Asia to e-book tickets to Peru 2019
- Can be Japan’s ninth journey to U-17 World Cup, Tajikistan’s second
Japan and Tajikistan turned the primary two nations from Asia to safe qualification to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2019 after they each reached the AFC U-16 Championship semi-finals with wins over Oman and Korea DPR respectively.
Each ties went right down to the wire. Japan edged Oman 2-1 within the day’s first quarter-final. Jun Nishikawa gave Japan the lead within the 14th minute when he ran on to a lobbed by way of move from Ryotaro Araki, managed the bouncing ball along with his likelihood earlier than taking pictures on objective. Oman goalkeeper Al Ajmi initially made the save however the ball deflected off defender Khalfan Al Naabi and trickled over the road earlier than he might clear.
Nonetheless, Oman discovered an equaliser simply seven minutes later. Al Azhar Hamza Al Balushi despatched in a cross from the correct facet of the penalty space and Tariq Khamis Al Mashary leapt above his marker and steered in a robust header to the far submit.
Japan scored what proved to be the successful objective 9 minutes earlier than the full-time whistle. Nishikawa turned supplier on this event, sending in a pinpoint cross for Shoji Toyama, who guided in a shot from shut vary.
Japan are headed to their ninth U-17 World Cup subsequent yr. Their greatest performances in match historical past got here in 1993 and 2011 after they made it to the quarter-finals.
They may face both Indonesia or Australia within the AFC U-16 Championship semi-finals.
Tajikistan turned the second facet from the area to qualify for subsequent yr’s U-17 World Cup after a dramatic Four-2 win on penalties towards Korea DPR, after the match completed 1-1 on the finish of the 90 minutes.
Like Japan earlier within the day, Tajikistan took the lead within the 14th minute when Rustam Soirov broke free on objective and unleashed a robust shot into the far, high nook.
Korea DPR created a large number of probabilities all through the match and it took a second of inspiration within the 69th minute for them to attract stage. Ri Hun fired in a shot from roughly 30 metres that proved an excessive amount of for Tajikistan goalkeeper Mukhriddin Khasanov to make the save. After the no facet discovered the successful objective in regulation time, the match can be selected penalties.
Khasanov then changed into the hero of the night as he made two saves from Korea DPR’s spot kicks whereas the remainder of his crew had been flawless, changing all of their penalties to win the shootout Four-2.
Tajikistan are headed to the nation’s second U-17 World Cup after they made their debut at Korea 2007, the place they completed within the Spherical of 16.
Tajikistan will play both Korea Republic or India within the AFC U-16 Championship semi-finals.