Japan clinch U23 Asian Cup title with late goal against Uzbekistan

By Hoang Nguyen    MAY. 3, 2024

Japan secured victory in the U23 Asian Cup final against Uzbekistan on Friday, clinching the title with a late goal by Fuki Yamada.

Japan won the U23 Asian Cup final against Uzbekistan with a tense match that culminated in a late goal by Fuki Yamada.

The game was largely balanced, with both teams having their moments but failing to break the deadlock until the 91st minute when Yamada scored from the edge of the box, sealing the victory for Japan. This win makes Japan the first team to secure the U23 Asian Cup title twice.

Throughout the match, both teams displayed strong defensive performances, making it challenging for either side to create significant chances.

Uzbekistan had a critical opportunity to equalize from a penalty awarded in the 89th minute, but Japan's goalkeeper, Leo Kokubo, saved Umarali Rakhmonaliev's attempt, maintaining Japan's lead. Despite additional attacks from Uzbekistan, Japan held firm, securing their win as the final whistle blew at 90'+18.

This victory was particularly significant for Japan, having only advanced to the finals as the second-place team in their group, while Uzbekistan had entered the final undefeated. Both teams have now qualified for the Olympics, highlighting their status as two of the top young teams in Asia.

2024 U23 Asian Cup final: Japan 1-0 Uzbekistan

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