The United Arab Emirates (UAE), led by former South Korean national soccer team coach Paulo Bento, was caught by the “sudden wind” Tajikistan.

UAE lost 4-5 in the penalty shootout in the round of 16 at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation Qatar Asian Cup held at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, on the 28th (local time).

Paulo Bento, who raised his stock price as a leader by bringing South Korea to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, took the UAE head coach position in July last year, but he suffered a bitter taste in his first major tournament.라바카지노도메인

The UAE reached the semifinals at the 2015 Australian Games and the 2019 UAE Games, but in this tournament, it finished its journey in the round of 16.

In contrast, Tajikistan, ranked 106th in the FIFA rankings, made an extraordinary achievement by advancing to the quarterfinals at the Asian Cup, the first Asian country to participate in soccer matches in its own country. Although Tajikistan did not receive much attention even among Central Asian countries that are in the periphery of soccer, it has emerged as the center of sensation through this year’s event.

Tajikistan advanced to the round of 16 by ranking second (four points) after Qatar (nine points) in Group A matches against the host country Qatar (58th), China (79th), and Lebanon (107th). Tajikistan will play the winner of the Iraq-Jordan match on February 29 and will have a quarterfinal match against Korea on February 2. If the team wins the quarterfinal match, it may have a showdown with Korea in the semifinal.

Tajikistan took the lead first in the 30th minute with a header goal by Bakhdat Hanonov (Perezpolis). UAE had been leading 0-1 all the time, but tied the match in extra time (50th minute) with a header by Khalifa Al-Hamadi (Al Jazeera), leading the match to extra time.

With neither team scoring during the 30 minutes of extra time, the match went into a penalty shootout. While all five Tajikistan kickers scored goals, UAE had two teams’ joys and sorrows sharply divided as No. 2 kicker Kaiu Kanedu missed the match.

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