Qatar, the hosts of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Asian Cup 2024, are set to take the Middle East by storm with three wins from three in their opening group game in South Korea. South Korea started all three of their international players in their third group game against Myanmar.스포츠토토

Qatar defeated Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in their third Group B match of the 2024 AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers at the Changwon Football Center in Gyeongnam on Wednesday afternoon.

The score remained 0-0 in the first half as both teams engaged in a fierce back-and-forth battle in the center of the field, but in the seventh minute of the second half, Qatar striker Ilyas Brimil broke the deadlock with a right-footed mid-range shot from outside the left penalty area into the top corner of the goal.

Qatar, which beat South Korea 2-0 on Sept. 6 and then cruised to a 6-0 victory over Myanmar on Sept. 9, added one more goal in the third game to finish qualifying with nine goals and no clean sheets. Results against Qatar, who will host the U23 Asian Cup in April/May next year, will not count towards the group stage standings.

The starting lineup against Myanmar. Captured from the Korea Football Association website
Hwang Sun-hongho announces his starting lineup for the third match against Myanmar
Kim Shin-jin ‘up top’, Jung Sang-bin and Um Ji-sung on the wings

The tournament will determine the teams that will qualify for the AFC U23 Asian Cup, the final qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The top four teams from each of the 11 qualifying groups, plus hosts Qatar, will compete for a spot in Paris at the U23 Asian Cup.

The remaining qualifiers are South Korea and Myanmar.

Hwang Sun-hong’s side will take on Myanmar at the Changwon Football Center at 8 p.m. today.

South Korea leads the all-time series against the Myanmar U23 team with one win and one draw.

Lee Hyun-ju ‘The future of Korean football is here’ – Lee Hyun-ju in action during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Asian Cup Qualifying Group B match between Kyrgyzstan and South Korea at the Changwon Football Center in Changwon, Gyeongnam, on Monday afternoon. Courtesy of the Korea Football Association.
South Korea defeated Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in the second leg and will advance as the group’s top seed with a draw in this match.

Uhm Ji Sung (Gwangju) and Sang Bin (Minnesota) will start on the wings, with Kim Shin-jin (Seoul) up top. Lee Hyun-joo (Wiesbaden) and Baek Sang-hoon (Seoul) will support the attack in the midfield, while Kwon Hyuk-kyu (Celtic) will play defensive midfield. There will be three overseas players.

The defense will be led by Lee Tae-seok (Seoul), Son Seong-kwan (Bucheon), Cho Wi-je (Busan), and Park Chang-woo (Jeonbuk). Goalkeeper Kim Jung-hoon (Jeonbuk) has been released from his call-up to join the Hangzhou Asian Games, so Shin Song-hoon (Gimcheon) will wear the gloves instead.

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