U23 Saudi Arabia tries not to take a penalty shootout with U23 Vietnam
U23 Saudi Arabia beat U23 UAE 2-0 on the evening of June 9 to win the top spot of Group D, thereby facing U23 Vietnam in the quarterfinals of U23 Asia 2022.
After the match, midfielder Hamed Al Ghamdi gave a brief assessment: “We are very happy to be in the quarter-finals. Regarding the upcoming quarter-finals, the two teams may have to settle by penalty kicks. However, the whole team will try to avoid penalty shootouts with U23 Vietnam“.
Hamed Al Ghamdi was born in 1999, played all 3 group stage matches for U23 Saudi Arabia. This small midfielder has good technique and plays an important role in the play of the West Asian team.
Midfielder Hamed Al Ghamdi (No. 8) wants U23 Saudi Arabia to avoid a penalty shootout with U23 Vietnam in the quarterfinals of the AFC U23 Championship 2022 (Photo: Hieu Luong)
In the group stage, U23 Saudi Arabia respectively won U23 Tajikistan 5-0, drew Japan U23 0-0 and won U23 UAE 2-0. They are the only team not to concede a goal in this year’s Asian U23 group stage.
With the win of Group D, U23 Saudi Arabia avoided the defending champion U23 Korea. Coach Saad Al Shehri’s teachers and students will face U23 Vietnam. At the post-match press conference, this coach said he had never seen a match of U23 Vietnam, but he still had the highest respect.
In the general interview area, coach Al Shehri continued to have a remarkable statement: “Thank God when everything has been resolved smoothly from the beginning of the tournament until now. We have two days off before the quarter-finals. In the group stage, the team won 7 points against difficult opponents. We Will continue to work hard in the coming matches.
Regarding opponents, I think U23 Vietnam is a pretty strong team, playing well. However, we just won UAE U23 and hope the team maintains its form in the coming matches to achieve the same result.”
The quarter-final match between U23 Vietnam and U23 Saudi Arabia takes place at Lokomotiv Stadium at 21:00 (Uzbek time), ie 23:00 (Vietnam time).
U23 Saudi Arabia has two players suspended in this match, number 6 Ibrahim Mahnashi and number 23 Saud Abdulhamid. Both received yellow cards in both matches against Japan U23 and UAE U23.
Coach Al Shehri said that U23 Saudi Arabia will add two more players because of the new 21 names brought to Uzbekistan, while the charter is registered with 23 players.
Saudi Arabia is a strong football background in Asia along with Japan, Korea, Iran and Australia, but has never won the U23 championship. In qualifying 3 World Cup 2022, Saudi Arabia twice defeated Vietnam (3-1 and 1-0), contributing to winning tickets to Qatar at the end of this year.
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