In an anticipated kickoff to the Asian Cup quarter-finals, two teams make their quarter-finals debut—Tajikistan and Jordan. The action unfolds at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, promising an exciting match-up.
Tajikistan vs. Jordan (Friday, 11.30am)
The quarter-finals launch with Tajikistan and Jordan, both newcomers at this stage. Tajikistan, known as the Crowns, secured their spot by defeating the UAE in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout (5-4).
On the other side, Jordan displayed incredible resilience, clinching a dramatic 3-2 victory against Iraq with a late injury-time surge.
- Prediction: Tajikistan 2-1 Jordan
Both teams have showcased commendable resilience, but the slight edge goes to Tajikistan. Their overall performance has been impressive, and entering this stage with nothing to lose might just be the catalyst for a historic win.
Australia vs. South Korea (Friday, 3.30pm)
In a clash of giants, Australia and South Korea face off for the third time in the last four Asian Cup editions. This quarter-final spectacle takes place at Al Janoub Stadium.
Australia, known as the Socceroos, dominated the round of 16 with a convincing 4-0 victory over Indonesia.
Meanwhile, South Korea demonstrated their mettle, leveling with Saudi Arabia at 1-1 and advancing 4-2 on penalties.
- Prediction: Australia 1-1 South Korea (Australia advances on penalties)
South Korea has displayed remarkable resilience, but the Socceroos, exhibiting discipline and consistency, stand as formidable opponents.
The prediction leans towards a closely contested match, culminating in penalties, with Australia narrowly advancing.
As the Asian Cup quarter-finals kick off, the excitement is palpable. Tajikistan and Jordan set the stage with their debut appearance, while Australia and South Korea, football powerhouses, prepare for a clash that promises to be a highlight of the tournament.