- Saudi Arabia topped AFC U-19 champions
- Korea Republic superior to last for file 17th time
- Japan and Qatar additionally sealed spots at Poland 2019
Asia’s qualifying competitors for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 got here to a detailed on Sunday, with Saudi Arabia edging previous Korea Republic 2-1 in Cibinong, Indonesia to say their third continental title.
The Saudis maintained an unblemished file heading in to the ultimate, together with a Three-1 win over Australia within the quarter-final conflict which sealed their passage to Poland. Korea Republic additionally went unbeaten en path to the ultimate. They bought previous a resilient Tajikistan aspect within the last-eight to e book their place at subsequent yr’s international showpiece.
Elsewhere, AFC U-19 Championship holders Japan began the event with three wins in a row earlier than downing hosts Indonesia 2-Zero to finish their qualifying mission. Regardless of dropping narrowly to the United Arab Emirates 2-1 within the opener, Qatar bounced again to win their subsequent three outings as they sealed their return to the U-20 World Cup.
Certified groups: Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
Whereas each Korea Republic and Qatar needed to overcome gradual begins respectively to progress, Saudi Arabia proved to be essentially the most constant performers all through the event. Much more spectacular was the truth that they improved recreation after recreation, beginning with slender wins towards Malaysia and China PR earlier than outmuscling Australia within the all-important last-eight assembly. Having secured their place at Poland 2019, they went on to get previous holders Japan 2-Zero earlier than sinking Korea Republic within the final recreation.
Double duties for Abe
It’s no secret that Hiroki Abe is a valued asset for each membership and nation regardless of his tender age. And the younger attacker’s significance was evident through the AFC U-19 Championship when he, having helped Japan seal a spot at Poland 2019, was allowed to return house earlier for his membership duties within the ongoing AFC Champions League marketing campaign. Japan went on to lose to Saudi Arabia 2-Zero within the semi-final conflict in Abe’s absence, however the participant began for Kashima Antlers within the AFC Champions League last first leg, the place they noticed off Persepolis 2-Zero at house.
Qatar completed because the event’s prime scorers with 19 targets in 5 matches, averaging practically 4 targets per recreation. Catching essentially the most consideration was none apart from Abdulrasheed Umaru, who completed because the event’s top-scorer with seven targets. Notably, he accomplished a hat-trick as Qatar overcame hosts Indonesia in a pulsating 6-5 thriller, earlier than putting a brace of their 7-Three rout of Thailand within the quarter-final encounter which sealed their passage to the U-20 World Cup.
Suwon Bluewings midfielder Jeon Sejin emerged as Korea Republic’s largest revelation this marketing campaign. The 19-year-old completed because the group’s prime scorer with 5 targets, together with twice smashing house of their Three-1 semi-final victory towards Qatar. Even of their last loss to Saudi Arabia, the Korea Republic No7 posed the largest risk for his opponents together with his pacy assaults and harmful passes, together with incomes a penalty for his aspect to scale back the deficit.
17 – Regardless of dropping the ultimate, Korea Republic stay as essentially the most profitable aspect in AFC U-19 Championship historical past, having reached the ultimate on 17 events, lifting the trophy 12 occasions.
Event MVP: Turki Al-Ammar (Saudi Arabia)
What they stated
“We definitely discovered one thing (towards Korea Republic) as when your opponents are at such a superb degree. You can’t be afraid to handle the rhythm of the sport, not be afraid to press the ball. I don’t prefer to ‘park the bus’, I prefer to assault and that’s our fashion. I consider we’ve discovered a superb lesson for the World Cup.”
Qatar head coach Bruno Pinheiro
“Now we’re in subsequent yr’s World Cup, however we needs to be a lot stronger then [if we are to compete against the world’s best]. We now have six months to organize for the World Cup in Poland. Every participant needs to be stronger, and the group have to be a lot stronger.”
Japan head coach Masanaga Kageyama