Uzbekistan top U23 Asian group after 3-0 victory over Vietnam

By Hoang Nguyen    APR. 23, 2024

Uzbekistan defeated Vietnam on Wednesday night to take the top spot of group D thanks to three goals in the first half.

In a decisive match in the U23 Asian Cup, Uzbekistan outclassed Vietnam with a convincing victory. The match, marked by Uzbekistan's early dominance and strategic gameplay, ended with them setting up a quarterfinals clash with Saudi Arabia, while Vietnam will face Iraq.

From the onset, Uzbekistan showcased superior possession and tactical prowess. The first goal came just four minutes into the game when Ibrokhim Ibragimov expertly passed to Alisher Odilov, who made no mistake with a tap-in. Uzbekistan maintained pressure, and by the 36th minute, Ruslanbek Jiyanov doubled the lead, brilliantly breaking the offside trap and finishing with precision past goalkeeper Nguyen Van Viet.

By the 40th minute, Odilov returned to score his second, marking a brace and setting a tournament record for Uzbekistan. The team went into halftime leading 3-0, a lead they comfortably maintained throughout the second half despite continued attempts from Vietnam to penetrate their defense.

Noteworthy moments in the second half included a near-miss by Uzbekistan's Ibragimov, whose one-touch finish struck the post. Vietnam, seeking to salvage pride, made several substitutions and created opportunities, but lacked the finishing touch needed to alter the outcome.

The game concluded after an added seven minutes in the second half, sealing Uzbekistan’s victory. This win highlighted Uzbekistan's balanced and formidable squad, capable of both aggressive offense and resilient defense. Their next match against defending champions Saudi Arabia is eagerly anticipated, while Vietnam faces a tough challenge against Iraq this weekend.

U23 Asian Cup: Uzbekistan 3-0 Vietnam

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