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AFC Asian Cup 2023 updated knockout stage bracket: Japan cruise into the quarters

Published at :January 31, 2024 at 8:30 PM
Modified at :January 31, 2024 at 8:30 PM
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Rutvij Joshi


Japan are yet to keep a clean-sheet in the tournament.

The AFC Asian Cup 2023 has been a thrilling spectacle, filled with intense matchups and captivating moments. In the Round of 16, Japan showcased their dominance, effortlessly navigating past Bahrain to secure a well-deserved spot in the Quarterfinals. The encounter witnessed a stellar performance from the Samurai Blue, with right-winger Ritsu Doan breaking the deadlock in the 31st minute, giving Japan a crucial lead heading into halftime.

The second half saw Japan’s star midfielder, Takefuso Kubo, doubling the lead early on, showcasing the depth of talent in the Japanese squad. Despite Bahrain’s spirited attempt at a comeback, including a goalkeeper own goal by Suzuki Zion in the 64th minute due to a comedy of errors, Japan remained composed. The final blow came from striker Ayesa Ueda in the 72nd minute, sealing a 3-1 victory and confirming Japan’s Quarterfinal berth.

As the tournament progresses, the Quarterfinal matchups promise enthralling football battles. Australia, having asserted dominance in the Round of 16, is set to face another formidable opponent in Korea Republic. The clash between these two football powerhouses is sure to be a highlight of the Quarter Final stage, with both teams vying for a chance to move one step closer to the coveted Asian Cup.

On the other side of the bracket, Tajikistan, the dark horses who upset the United Arab Emirates, will take on Jordan in the Quarter Finals.

Looking ahead to the Semi-Finals, the stage is set for fierce battles that will determine the finalists. The clash between Australia and Korea Republic, along with Tajikistan against Jordan, will unfold, showcasing the teams’ determination to etch their names in Asian Cup history. The Semi-Finals will be a testament to the skill, strategy, and resilience of the remaining teams as they vie for a spot in the grand finale.

Simultaneously, the winners of the Uzbekistan vs Qatar and  Japan vs /Iran vs Syria matches will vie for the other coveted spot in the grand finale.

 As the tournament reaches its climax, football enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the unfolding drama, anticipating the crowning of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup champion. The journey to the title continues, and each match brings new twists and turns in this exhilarating football spectacle.

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