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Tajikistan Edges UAE, Secures Spot in AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals

  • Publish date: Monday، 29 January 2024
Tajikistan Edges UAE, Secures Spot in AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals

In a riveting encounter at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, debutants Tajikistan secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup after a hard-fought 5-3 penalty shootout victory over the UAE on Sunday.

The match, filled with attacking intent from both sides, saw UAE's Khalifa Al Hammadi equalizing 1-1 in the dying moments of added time, forcing the game into an additional 30 minutes.

Tajikistan's goalkeeper, Rustam Yatimov, emerged as the hero, making crucial saves during the penalty shootout, including a decisive block against Caio Canedo.

With this triumph, Tajikistan extends its debut campaign to the quarterfinals, awaiting a showdown with either Iraq or Jordan in the next stage.

The clash between Tajikistan and the UAE unfolded with both teams displaying attacking prowess. Tajikistan took the lead with Vahdat Hanonov's header, only to see Khalifa Al Hammadi's late equalizer for the UAE.

The intense encounter, marked by missed chances and strategic play, eventually led to Tajikistan's triumph in the penalty shootout, with Yatimov's standout performance securing their place in the quarterfinals.

The AFC Asian Cup continues to deliver thrilling moments, setting the stage for more captivating football action.