If they reach the semifinals, there is a possibility of a clash with Korea.
The sensational team Tajikistan defeated ‘Bentuho’ United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a penalty shootout and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup.
Tajikistan won 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out with the UAE tied 1-1 for 120 minutes until overtime in the round of 16 of the tournament held at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on the 28th (local time).
Tajikistan, which did not stand out among Central Asian countries on the periphery of soccer,
advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup for the first time in history. 온라인카지노
This is the first time that Tajikistan has advanced to the Asian Cup finals.
Tajikistan, ranked 106th in FIFA, was placed in Group A with the hosts Qatar (58th), China (79th), and Lebanon (107th).
In the group stage, it ranked second (4 points) after Qatar (9 points). advanced to the round of 16.
Tajikistan will play the winner of the Iraq-Jordan match on the 29th in the quarterfinals on the 2nd of next month.
If they win here too, there is a possibility that they will face Korea in the semifinals.
The UAE, which reached the semifinals in succession in the 2015 Australia tournament and the 2019 UAE tournament,
failed to advance to the semifinals for three consecutive tournaments.
Coach Paulo Bento, who raised his stock price by advancing Korea to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup,
ended his first major tournament challenge since taking charge of the UAE in July of last year on a bitter note.
Tajikistan scored the first goal in the 30th minute of the first half when Bakhdat Hanonov finished a diagonal cross from the left with a header that only changed direction.
However, in the 50th minute of the second half,
UAE tied the score with Khalifa Al Hammadi’s header, sending the game to overtime.
While neither team scored in 30 minutes of overtime,
Tajikistan, in which all five kickers succeeded in the penalty shootout,
defeated UAE, where second kicker Kaiu Khanedu missed, and secured a ticket to the quarterfinals.