Tajikistan national team reached playoffs of Asian Football Cup for first time

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The Tajikistan national football team has, for the first time in its history, advanced to the knockout stage of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

In the 1/8 finals of the 2023 Asian Cup, the national team of Tajikistan beat the UAE team in a penalty shootout, securing a place in the quarterfinals of the continental tournament. The match between Tajikistan and the UAE took place at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha, and the regular time ended with a 1-1 score.

After 30 minutes of extra time, the winner was still undetermined. In the penalty shootout, the Tajikistan national team emerged victorious with a score of 5-3. In the quarterfinals, Tajikistan will face the winner of the Iraq vs. Jordan match.

This marks the first time that the Tajikistan national team has reached the final stage of the AFC Asian Cup.

In the group stage, where Qatar, Lebanon, and the UAE also played, the Tajikistan national team secured the second position, advancing to the knockout stage.

Teams from Central Asia, including Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, are also participating in this Asian Cup.

The Uzbekistan national team has successfully advanced to the knockout stage, securing the second position in its group.

On the other hand, the Kyrgyzstan national team, placed in a challenging group with Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Oman, did not achieve success. After losing two matches and drawing with the Oman national team, Kyrgyzstan finished fourth in the group and was eliminated from the Asian Cup.

In the same tournament, the Uzbekistan national team finished second in its group, earning 5 points. They won against the Indian national team with a score of 3-0 and drew with both the Australian national team (1-1) and the Syrian national team (0-0).

On January 30, the Uzbekistan national team will play against the Thailand national team for a spot in the quarterfinals of the Cup.

CentralasianLIGHT.org

January 29, 2024