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Group F of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup took place from 9 to 17 January 2019.[1] The group consisted of Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, and Turkmenistan.[2] The top two teams, Japan and Uzbekistan, along with the third-placed team, Oman (as one of the four best third-placed teams), advanced to the round of 16.[3]

Japan was the only former champion, and also the team which won the most titles in the Asian Cup (1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011).

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Zone Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
April 2018[nb 1] December 2018
F1   Japan EAFF Second Round Group E winners 24 March 2016 9th 2015 (quarter-finals) Winners (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011) 60 50
F2   Uzbekistan CAFA Second Round Group H winners 29 March 2016 7th 2015 (quarter-finals) Fourth place (2011) 88 95
F3   Oman WAFF Third Round Group D winners 10 October 2017 4th 2015 (group stage) Group stage (2004, 2007, 2015) 87 82
F4   Turkmenistan CAFA Third Round Group E runners-up 14 November 2017 2nd 2004 (group stage) Group stage (2004) 129 127
Notes
  1. ^ The rankings of April 2018 were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
3   Oman 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
4   Turkmenistan 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the round of 16:

MatchesEdit

All times listed are GST (UTC+4).

Japan vs TurkmenistanEdit

 
Japan and Turkmenistan players

In the 12th minute, Japan had the first chance of the game, Ritsu Doan failed to beat Mammet Orazmuhammedow with a close-range header following a Takehiro Tomiyasu pass. Wahyt Orazsähedow forced Shūichi Gonda into a fine save, and Mekan Saparow headed over from the resulting corner. Turkmenistan continued to press, and took the lead on 27 minutes when captain Arslanmyrat Amanow unleashed a long-range effort which flew into the net. Yuya Osako then saw a lashed effort fizz narrowly wide, before Orazmuhammedow denied Tomiyasu with a fingertip save. As half-time approached, Turkmenistan came close to doubling their advantage, this time Ahmet Ataýew stinging Gonda’s palms with an angled drive. A flicked Genki Haraguchi header sailed inches wide of the target, however in the 56th minute, Osako turned in the area and fired home to equalise the scoreline. Four minutes later Japan took the lead when Saparow’s blunder allowed Yuto Nagatomo to find Osako who converted to bag his second of the match. Shortly after, Takumi Minamino found Doan who spun away from his marker and fired into the bottom corner beyond Orazmuhammedow’s dive. On 79 minutes Ataýew converted from the spot after Gonda had upended substitute Altymyrat Annadurdyýew in the area. Japan held the scoreline to get the win.[4]

Japan  3–2  Turkmenistan
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Attendance: 5,725
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turkmenistan
GK 12 Shūichi Gonda   78'
CB 16 Takehiro Tomiyasu
CB 22 Maya Yoshida (c)
CB 20 Tomoaki Makino
RWB 19 Hiroki Sakai   33'
LWB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
CM 8 Genki Haraguchi
CM 7 Gaku Shibasaki
CM 21 Ritsu Doan
CF 9 Takumi Minamino   73'
CF 15 Yuya Osako
Substitutions:
FW 11 Koya Kitagawa   73'
Manager:
Hajime Moriyasu
 
GK 1 Mammet Orazmuhammedow
RB 19 Ahmet Ataýew
CB 4 Mekan Saparow
CB 12 Serdar Annaorazow
LB 2 Zafar Babajanow
CM 5 Wezirgeldi Ylýasow   90'
CM 6 Gurbangeldi Batyrow
RW 7 Arslanmyrat Amanow (c)   69'
AM 8 Ruslan Mingazow   85'
LW 21 Resul Hojaýew
CF 9 Wahyt Orazsähedow   59'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Altymyrat Annadurdyýew   59'
FW 11 Myrat Ýagşyýew   69'
FW 15 Mihail Titow   85'
Manager:
Ýazguly Hojageldyýew

Man of the Match:
Yuya Osako (Japan)

Assistant referees:
Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
Fourth official:
Mohamad Zainal Abidin (Malaysia)
Additional assistant referees:
Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)

Uzbekistan vs OmanEdit

In the 14th minute, Oman came close to scoring through Ahmed Kano’s header which was saved by Uzbek goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov. In the 25th minute, Saad Al-Mukhaini’s delivery from the right flank sailed for Raed Ibrahim Saleh but the forward failed to connect. Uzbekistan found the back of the net through Odil Ahmedov’s free-kick from 25 yards out, the Uzbekistan captain picked up his 18th international goal after he curled his effort past goalkeeper Faiz Al-Rushaidi. Nesterov blocked Mohammed Al-Musalami’s low drive as Uzbekistan took a 1–0 lead into the break. Oman came close to scoring when Ali Al-Busaidi sent a cross which found Al-Mukhaini who wasted the opportunity. Two minutes later, the defender was in goal-scoring range but saw his effort blocked. Oman finally beat Nesterov in the 72nd minute after substitute Muhsen Al-Ghassani, beat the offside trap to score past the Uzbekistan shot stopper.[5] Five minutes from time, Eldor Shomurodov burst into the box and tried a left-footed shot that Al-Rushaidi got a hand to but failed to keep out as he was beaten at his near post.[6] Uzbekistan, however, suffered a blow when Egor Krimets was sent off deep in stoppage time.[5]

Uzbekistan  2–1  Oman
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Attendance: 9,424
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uzbekistan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oman
GK 1 Ignatiy Nesterov   58'
RB 2 Akmal Shorakhmedov
CB 15 Egor Krimets   90+2'
CB 5 Anzur Ismailov
LB 13 Oleg Zoteev
CM 7 Sardor Rashidov   59'
CM 9 Odil Ahmedov (c)
RW 19 Otabek Shukurov
AM 22 Javokhir Sidikov
LW 11 Jaloliddin Masharipov   29'   79'
CF 10 Marat Bikmaev   83'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Dostonbek Khamdamov   59'
MF 8 Ikromjon Alibaev   79'
FW 14 Eldor Shomurodov   83'
Manager:
  Héctor Cúper
 
GK 18 Faiz Al-Rushaidi
RB 2 Mohammed Al-Musalami
CB 17 Ali Al-Busaidi
CB 13 Khalid Al-Braiki
LB 11 Saad Al-Mukhaini
CM 23 Harib Al-Saadi
CM 12 Ahmed Kano (c)
CM 10 Mohsin Al-Khaldi   90+1'
RW 7 Khalid Al-Hajri   67'
CF 15 Jameel Al-Yahmadi   86'
LW 6 Raed Ibrahim Saleh
Substitutions:
FW 16 Muhsen Al-Ghassani   67'
MF 20 Salaah Al-Yahyaei   86'
FW 9 Mohammed Al-Ghassani   90+1'
Manager:
  Pim Verbeek

Man of the Match:
Otabek Shukurov (Uzbekistan)

Assistant referees:
Yoon Kwang-yeol (South Korea)
Park Sang-jun (South Korea)
Fourth official:
Mohd Yusri Muhamad (Malaysia)
Additional assistant referees:
Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)
Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)

Oman vs JapanEdit

Genki Haraguchi diverted Ritsu Doan’s cross onto the bar from six yards inside the first two minutes. On 20 minutes, Salaah Al-Yahyaei found Muhsen Al-Ghassani who rounded Shūichi Gonda but was unable to finish from a tight angle. Japan broke the deadlock in the 28th minute, Haraguchi picked himself up after being upended in the area by Raed Ibrahim Saleh to ram home the resulting spot-kick beyond Faiz Al-Rushaidi’s dive. With half-time approaching, Al-Yahyaei’s drive was diverted to safety by defender Yuto Nagatomo as Japan maintained their slender lead going into the break. In the second period, Saad Al-Mukhaini’s effort on 70 minutes was gathered by Gonda. An acrobatic Saleh attempt from a Al-Mukhaini cross 10 minutes later and Al-Rushaidi’s last gasp save from substitute Junya Ito proved to be the final goalmouth action of the day.[7]

Oman  0–1  Japan
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Oman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Japan
GK 18 Faiz Al-Rushaidi
RB 11 Saad Al-Mukhaini   90+2'
CB 13 Khalid Al-Braiki
CB 2 Mohammed Al-Musalami
LB 17 Ali Al-Busaidi
CM 23 Harib Al-Saadi
CM 12 Ahmed Kano (c)   26'
RW 15 Jameel Al-Yahmadi
AM 16 Muhsen Al-Ghassani   77'
LW 6 Raed Ibrahim Saleh   49'
CF 20 Salaah Al-Yahyaei   67'
Substitutions:
FW 9 Mohammed Al-Ghassani   67'
FW 7 Khalid Al-Hajri   77'
Manager:
  Pim Verbeek
 
GK 12 Shūichi Gonda
RB 19 Hiroki Sakai
CB 6 Wataru Endo
CB 22 Maya Yoshida (c)
LB 5 Yuto Nagatomo
CM 16 Takehiro Tomiyasu
CM 7 Gaku Shibasaki
RW 11 Koya Kitagawa   57'
AM 21 Ritsu Doan   36'   84'
LW 8 Genki Haraguchi
CF 9 Takumi Minamino   67'
Substitutions:
FW 13 Yoshinori Muto   57'
MF 14 Junya Ito   84'
Manager:
Hajime Moriyasu

Man of the Match:
Takumi Minamino (Japan)

Assistant referees:[8]
Mohd Yusri Muhamad (Malaysia)
Mohamad Zainal Abidin (Malaysia)
Fourth official:
Anton Shchetinin (Australia)
Additional assistant referees:
Peter Green (Australia)
Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)

Turkmenistan vs UzbekistanEdit

 
Two team players after the match

Dostonbek Khamdamov’s header hit the ground before rebounding over the crossbar in the fifth minute. In the 16th minute, a string of passes ended with Javokhir Sidikov sliding the ball into an unguarded goalmouth. Eight minutes later, Otabek Shukurov sent a through pass down the middle to Eldor Shomurodov, whose effort made its way past goalkeeper Mammet Orazmuhammedow. Five minute before the break, Gurbangeldi Batyrow’s poor clearance allowed Jaloliddin Masharipov to let fly a half-volley to make it 3–0. Less than two minutes later, Masharipov turned provider with his pass finding Shomurodov, who scored his second of the night. Khamdamov's 44th minute strike was denied by the upright. Orazmuhammedow made a double save in the 55th minute to maintain the scoreline.[9]

Turkmenistan  0–4  Uzbekistan
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Turkmenistan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uzbekistan
GK 1 Mammet Orazmuhammedow
CB 4 Mekan Saparow
CB 2 Zafar Babajanow
CB 5 Wezirgeldi Ylýasow
RWB 12 Serdar Annaorazow
LWB 6 Gurbangeldi Batyrow
RM 8 Ruslan Mingazow
CM 21 Resul Hojaýew
CM 19 Ahmet Ataýew   44'
LM 7 Arslanmyrat Amanow (c)   65'
CF 9 Wahyt Orazsähedow   46'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Myrat Annaýew   44'
FW 17 Altymyrat Annadurdyýew   46'
FW 15 Mihail Titow   65'
Manager:
Ýazguly Hojageldyýew
 
GK 1 Ignatiy Nesterov
RB 2 Akmal Shorakhmedov   46'
CB 20 Islom Tukhtakhodjaev
CB 5 Anzur Ismailov   71'
LB 13 Oleg Zoteev
CM 9 Odil Ahmedov (c)   76'
CM 19 Otabek Shukurov
RW 17 Dostonbek Khamdamov
AM 22 Javokhir Sidikov   68'
LW 11 Jaloliddin Masharipov
CF 14 Eldor Shomurodov
Substitutions:
DF 6 Davron Khashimov   46'
MF 8 Ikromjon Alibaev   68'
MF 18 Fozil Musaev   76'
Manager:
  Héctor Cúper

Man of the Match:
Eldor Shomurodov (Uzbekistan)

Assistant referees:[8]
Mohamed Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Hasan Al-Mahri (United Arab Emirates)
Fourth official:
Mohammed Al-Abakry (Saudi Arabia)
Additional assistant referees:
Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)

Oman vs TurkmenistanEdit

In the sixth minute, Muhsen Al-Ghassani's left-footed shot from the centre of the box was saved by goalkeeper Mammet Orazmuhammedow. In the 20th minute, Ahmed Kano scored a screamer with a free-kick from 25 yards out. In the 31st minute, Myrat Ýagşyýew's header was tipped over by goalkeeper Faiz Al-Rushaidi. Turkmenistan equalised in the 41st minute with Altymyrat Annadurdyýew evading several Oman players before unleashing his shot from the left into the top left corner. Oman came close in the 55th and 56th minutes - through a header by Mohammed Al-Musalami and a shot by Khalid Al-Hajri respectively. Muhsen went for the spectacular in the 68th minute with an overhead kick which Orazmuhammedow saved and the goalkeeper stood tall again just seconds later to deny Kano on the left, with the ball seemingly headed for the top of the net. Orazmuhammedow, however, was finally beaten in the 84th minute with Muhsen sweeping the ball in after the goalkeeper had parried an initial effort. Three minutes into added time, Al-Musalami jumped high to head home Oman's third goal of the day which enabled Oman to progress to the round of sixteen for the first time ever.[10]

Oman  3–1  Turkmenistan
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Oman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turkmenistan
GK 18 Faiz Al-Rushaidi
RB 11 Saad Al-Mukhaini
CB 13 Khalid Al-Braiki   36'   74'
CB 2 Mohammed Al-Musalami
LB 17 Ali Al-Busaidi
CM 23 Harib Al-Saadi   22'
CM 12 Ahmed Kano (c)
RW 4 Mohamed Khasib   61'
AM 7 Khalid Al-Hajri   86'
LW 6 Raed Ibrahim Saleh
CF 16 Muhsen Al-Ghassani
Substitutions:
FW 15 Jameel Al-Yahmadi   61'
FW 9 Mohammed Al-Ghassani   90+1'   74'
MF 20 Salaah Al-Yahyaei   86'
Manager:
  Pim Verbeek
 
GK 1 Mammet Orazmuhammedow (c)
CB 3 Güýçmyrat Annagulyýew
CB 4 Mekan Saparow   79'
CB 5 Wezirgeldi Ylýasow
RM 12 Serdar Annaorazow
CM 18 Serdar Geldiýew   54'
CM 21 Resul Hojaýew   46'
LM 6 Gurbangeldi Batyrow
RW 8 Ruslan Mingazow   68'
LW 11 Myrat Ýagşyýew
CF 17 Altymyrat Annadurdyýew   35'   83'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Ahmet Ataýew   72'   46'
MF 7 Arslanmyrat Amanow   68'
FW 15 Mihail Titow   83'
Manager:
Ýazguly Hojageldyýew

Man of the Match:
Ahmed Kano (Oman)

Assistant referees:[11]
Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)
Mohamed Salman (Bahrain)
Fourth official:
Miguel Hernández (Mexico)
Additional assistant referees:
César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
Khamis Al-Kuwari (Qatar)

Japan vs UzbekistanEdit

Koya Kitagawa forced Ignatiy Nesterov into action 10 minutes before the break when his shot on the turn was tipped over by the keeper. With five minutes left in the half, Uzbekistan took the lead, Eldor Shomurodov latched on to Dostonbek Khamdamov’s through ball to outpace Tomoaki Makino before stepping inside Genta Miura and clipping the finish into the top corner with the outside of his right boot. The lead, though, was to last only three minutes as Sei Muroya turned on the left touchline before outstripping Farrukh Sayfiev and sending over a cross towards Yoshinori Muto, who rose to power his header home. Nesterov parried Junya Ito’s shot nine minutes after the restart while Muto went close seconds later, shooting just over the bar. Two minutes before the hour mark Tsukasa Shiotani's left-foot strike from distance curled away from Nesterov to put Japan in front. Davron Khashimov forced Daniel Schmidt to tip his long-range drive over the bar in the final minutes as Japan closed out the game to take their third win in a row and advance to the next round with a perfect record.[12]

Japan  2–1  Uzbekistan
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Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uzbekistan
GK 23 Daniel Schmidt
RB 2 Genta Miura
CB 4 Sho Sasaki
CB 20 Tomoaki Makino
LB 3 Sei Muroya
CM 17 Toshihiro Aoyama (c)
CM 18 Tsukasa Shiotani   48'
RW 14 Junya Ito
AM 10 Takashi Inui   81'
LW 13 Yoshinori Muto   33'   85'
CF 11 Koya Kitagawa   90+3'
Substitutions:
MF 8 Genki Haraguchi   81'
MF 6 Wataru Endo   85'
DF 16 Takehiro Tomiyasu   90+3'
Manager:
Hajime Moriyasu
 
GK 1 Ignatiy Nesterov (c)
RB 20 Islom Tukhtakhodjaev
CB 6 Davron Khashimov
CB 4 Farrukh Sayfiev   69'
LB 15 Egor Krimets   72'
CM 8 Ikromjon Alibaev
CM 17 Dostonbek Khamdamov   65'
RW 18 Fozil Musaev   76'
AM 19 Otabek Shukurov
LW 22 Javokhir Sidikov
CF 14 Eldor Shomurodov   70'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Azizbek Turgunboev   65'
FW 10 Marat Bikmaev   70'
FW 7 Sardor Rashidov   76'
Manager:
  Héctor Cúper

Man of the Match:
Toshihiro Aoyama (Japan)

Assistant referees:[11]
Mohamed Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Hasan Al-Mahri (United Arab Emirates)
Fourth official:
Huo Weiming (China PR)
Additional assistant referees:
Ammar Al-Jeneibi (United Arab Emirates)
Ali Sabah (Iraq)

DisciplineEdit

Fair play points will be used as tiebreakers if the head-to-head and overall records of teams are tied (and if the penalty shoot-out is not applicable as a tiebreaker). These are calculated based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches as follows:[3][13]

  • yellow card = 1 point
  • red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points
  • direct red card = 3 points
  • yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points

Only one of the above deductions will be applied to a player in a single match.

Team Match 1 Match 2 Match 3 Points
                                   
  Japan 2 2 2 −6
  Oman 3 3 −6
  Turkmenistan 1 5 −6
  Uzbekistan 2 1 1 2 −8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Match Schedule – AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Final Draw sets the stage for thrilling contests in UAE 2019". the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "AFC Asian Cup 2019 Competition Regulations" (PDF). the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Japan 3–2 Turkmenistan". AFC. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Uzbekistan 2–1 Oman". AFC. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  6. ^ Creek, Stephen (9 January 2019). "Late strike earns Cuper victory". Goal. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Oman 0–1 Japan". AFC. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b "MATCH OFFICIALS FOR JANUARY 13". the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Turkmenistan 0–4 Uzbekistan". AFC. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Oman 3-1 Turkmenistan". AFC. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  11. ^ a b "MATCH OFFICIALS FOR JANUARY 17". AFC. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Japan 2-1 Uzbekistan". AFC. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Competition Operations Manual 2019". AFC.

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