2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers: Iran win, Qatar draw as final tournament line-up begins to take shape

The 2020 AFC U19 Championship’s final line-up s beginning to take shape following the latest round of matches. Fourteen of the sixteen teams, which will be present in Uzbekistan next year for the competition have been decided. We round-up the latest matches to take place in groups B, D, E, and F. 

Fourteen of the sixteen spots at next year’s AFC U19 Championship have now been filled, with six teams left vying for the final two berths. Five of those six teams currently occupy Group A and are yet to play a single match in the qualifiers. The sixth team, Cambodia, is waiting to learn their fate as one of the five best runners-up from select groups.

Meanwhile, the latest round of matches sealed the groups B, D, E, and F, although several of the top spots were sealed beforehand itself.

Iran became the only group leader among those select groups to win a match during the latest gameweek. Team Melli Javanan beat United Arab Emirates by two goals to nil, courtesy of strikes from Alireza Asadabadi and Mahdi Hashemnehzad. Kyrgyz Republic, meanwhile, drew nil-nil against Nepal to finish second, and outside the qualification spots in Group D.

In Group B, leaders Qatar drew their final match against Yemen, with both teams making it through to the final competition. Meanwhile, Group E saw Bahrain hold challengers Jordan to a one-all draw to secure their place at the Championships next year. Finally, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan drew their match against each other in Group F, while India were thrashed three-nil by Afghanistan, despite both teams out of contention for a top-two spot.


You can also access our report of 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers Groups G, H, I, J, and K here.


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