Japan, Iraq and South Korea are among the qualifiers to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championships, which will choose the continent’s councils at next year’s Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo. Olympic Football fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Football Tickets online.
The three nations were Asia’s participants at the Rio 2016 Olympics and ensured they remained in contention for next year’s Games.
Iraq topped in Group C of the qualifying event by thrashing Turkmenistan and Yemen, as well as a sketch with host nation Iran. Iran also progressed to the tournament after finishing as one of the four best runners-up.
A late comeback from South Korea saw the London 2012 bronze medalist recover from 2-0 down to draw with Australia. The outcome saw the South Korean evade elimination from the competition, with the draw putting them through as Group H winners on seven points.
Australia progressive as runners-up on the same points tally having earlier beaten Cambodia and Chinese Taipei. Japan sailed through qualification as they tired Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Macau in Group I without yielding a goal.
Bahrain and Vietnam were the only other nations to progress from their groups with a perfect record of three straight wins. China, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, North Korea, and reigning AFC under-23 champions Uzbekistan also advanced by winning their groups.
Both Syria and Saudi Arabia settled places at the Championships by finish among the best four runners-up.
The 15 qualifiers are usual to join host nation Thailand at the tournament, due to take place from January 8 to 26 next year.
The top three nations of the tournament will qualify for the Olympic Games. Japan is already assured of a place in the Olympic football tournament as the host nation.
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