2019 AFC Asian Cup Group F


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).

Teams


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 JapanEAFFSecond Round Group E winners24 March 20169th2015 (quarter-finals)Winners (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)6050
F2 UzbekistanCAFASecond Round Group H winners29 March 20167th2015 (quarter-finals)Fourth place (2011)8895
F3 OmanWAFFThird Round Group D winners10 October 20174th2015 (group stage)Group stage (2004, 2007, 2015)8782
F4 TurkmenistanCAFAThird Round Group E runners-up14 November 20172nd2004 (group stage)Group stage (2004)129127
Notes
  1. The rankings of April 2018 were used for seeding for the final draw.

Standings


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:

Matches


All times listed are GST (UTC+4).

Japan vs Turkmenistan

Japan's Yuto Nagatomo and Turkmenistan's Mihail Titow clash during the match

In the 12th minute, Japan had the first chance of the game, with Ritsu Doan failing 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
Report
Attendance: 5,725
Japan
Turkmenistan
GK12Shūichi Gonda 78'
CB16Takehiro Tomiyasu
CB22Maya Yoshida (c)
CB20Tomoaki Makino
RWB19Hiroki Sakai 33'
LWB5Yuto Nagatomo
CM8Genki Haraguchi
CM7Gaku Shibasaki
CM21Ritsu Doan
CF9Takumi Minamino 73'
CF15Yuya Osako
Substitutions:
FW11Koya Kitagawa 73'
Manager:
Hajime Moriyasu
GK1Mammet Orazmuhammedow
RB19Ahmet Ataýew
CB4Mekan Saparow
CB12Serdar Annaorazow
LB2Zafar Babajanow
CM5Wezirgeldi Ylýasow 90'
CM6Gurbangeldi Batyrow
RW7Arslanmyrat Amanow (c) 69'
AM8Ruslan Mingazow 85'
LW21Resul Hojaýew
CF9Wahyt Orazsähedow 59'
Substitutions:
FW17Altymyrat Annadurdyýew 59'
FW11Myrat Ýagşyýew 69'
FW15Mihail 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 Oman

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
Report
Attendance: 9,424
Uzbekistan
Oman
GK1Ignatiy Nesterov 58'
RB2Akmal Shorakhmedov
CB15Egor Krimets 90+2'
CB5Anzur Ismailov
LB13Oleg Zoteev
CM7Sardor Rashidov 59'
CM9Odil Ahmedov (c)
RW19Otabek Shukurov
AM22Javokhir Sidikov
LW11Jaloliddin Masharipov 29' 79'
CF10Marat Bikmaev 83'
Substitutions:
MF17Dostonbek Khamdamov 59'
MF8Ikromjon Alibaev 79'
FW14Eldor Shomurodov 83'
Manager:
Héctor Cúper
GK18Faiz Al-Rushaidi
RB2Mohammed Al-Musalami
CB17Ali Al-Busaidi
CB13Khalid Al-Braiki
LB11Saad Al-Mukhaini
CM23Harib Al-Saadi
CM12Ahmed Kano (c)
CM10Mohsin Al-Khaldi 90+1'
RW7Khalid Al-Hajri 67'
CF15Jameel Al-Yahmadi 86'
LW6Raed Ibrahim Saleh
Substitutions:
FW16Muhsen Al-Ghassani 67'
MF20Salaah Al-Yahyaei 86'
FW9Mohammed 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 Japan

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 an 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
Report
Oman
Japan
GK18Faiz Al-Rushaidi
RB11Saad Al-Mukhaini 90+2'
CB13Khalid Al-Braiki
CB2Mohammed Al-Musalami
LB17Ali Al-Busaidi
CM23Harib Al-Saadi
CM12Ahmed Kano (c) 26'
RW15Jameel Al-Yahmadi
AM16Muhsen Al-Ghassani 77'
LW6Raed Ibrahim Saleh 49'
CF20Salaah Al-Yahyaei 67'
Substitutions:
FW9Mohammed Al-Ghassani 67'
FW7Khalid Al-Hajri 77'
Manager:
Pim Verbeek
GK12Shūichi Gonda
RB19Hiroki Sakai
CB6Wataru Endo
CB22Maya Yoshida (c)
LB5Yuto Nagatomo
CM16Takehiro Tomiyasu
CM7Gaku Shibasaki
RW11Koya Kitagawa 57'
AM21Ritsu Doan 36' 84'
LW8Genki Haraguchi
CF9Takumi Minamino 67'
Substitutions:
FW13Yoshinori Muto 57'
MF14Junya 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 Uzbekistan

Two team players after the match

The two Turkic neighbors have met each other in 2004 edition, where Uzbekistan prevailed with a 1–0 win.

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
Report
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
GK1Mammet Orazmuhammedow
CB4Mekan Saparow
CB2Zafar Babajanow
CB5Wezirgeldi Ylýasow
RWB12Serdar Annaorazow
LWB6Gurbangeldi Batyrow
RM8Ruslan Mingazow
CM21Resul Hojaýew
CM19Ahmet Ataýew 44'
LM7Arslanmyrat Amanow (c) 65'
CF9Wahyt Orazsähedow 46'
Substitutions:
FW20Myrat Annaýew 44'
FW17Altymyrat Annadurdyýew 46'
FW15Mihail Titow 65'
Manager:
Ýazguly Hojageldyýew
GK1Ignatiy Nesterov
RB2Akmal Shorakhmedov 46'
CB20Islom Tukhtakhodjaev
CB5Anzur Ismailov 71'
LB13Oleg Zoteev
CM9Odil Ahmedov (c) 76'
CM19Otabek Shukurov
RW17Dostonbek Khamdamov
AM22Javokhir Sidikov 68'
LW11Jaloliddin Masharipov
CF14Eldor Shomurodov
Substitutions:
DF6Davron Khashimov 46'
MF8Ikromjon Alibaev 68'
MF18Fozil 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 Turkmenistan

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 to gain the win, and more importantly, guiding Oman to the round of sixteen for the first time ever in the country's football history, having failed in three previous editions.[10]

Oman 3–1 Turkmenistan
Report
Oman
Turkmenistan
GK18Faiz Al-Rushaidi
RB11Saad Al-Mukhaini
CB13Khalid Al-Braiki 36' 74'
CB2Mohammed Al-Musalami
LB17Ali Al-Busaidi
CM23Harib Al-Saadi 22'
CM12Ahmed Kano (c)
RW4Mohamed Khasib 61'
AM7Khalid Al-Hajri 86'
LW6Raed Ibrahim Saleh
CF16Muhsen Al-Ghassani
Substitutions:
FW15Jameel Al-Yahmadi 61'
FW9Mohammed Al-Ghassani 90+1' 74'
MF20Salaah Al-Yahyaei 86'
Manager:
Pim Verbeek
GK1Mammet Orazmuhammedow (c)
CB3Güýçmyrat Annagulyýew
CB4Mekan Saparow 79'
CB5Wezirgeldi Ylýasow
RM12Serdar Annaorazow
CM18Serdar Geldiýew 54'
CM21Resul Hojaýew 46'
LM6Gurbangeldi Batyrow
RW8Ruslan Mingazow 68'
LW11Myrat Ýagşyýew
CF17Altymyrat Annadurdyýew 35' 83'
Substitutions:
MF19Ahmet Ataýew 72' 46'
MF7Arslanmyrat Amanow 68'
FW15Mihail 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 Ramos (Mexico)
Khamis Al-Kuwari (Qatar)

Japan vs Uzbekistan

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
Report
Japan
Uzbekistan
GK23Daniel Schmidt
RB2Genta Miura
CB4Sho Sasaki
CB20Tomoaki Makino
LB3Sei Muroya
CM17Toshihiro Aoyama (c)
CM18Tsukasa Shiotani 48'
RW14Junya Ito
AM10Takashi Inui 81'
LW13Yoshinori Muto 33' 85'
CF11Koya Kitagawa 90+3'
Substitutions:
MF8Genki Haraguchi 81'
MF6Wataru Endo 85'
DF16Takehiro Tomiyasu 90+3'
Manager:
Hajime Moriyasu
GK1Ignatiy Nesterov (c)
RB20Islom Tukhtakhodjaev
CB6Davron Khashimov
CB4Farrukh Sayfiev 69'
LB15Egor Krimets 72'
CM8Ikromjon Alibaev
CM17Dostonbek Khamdamov 65'
RW18Fozil Musaev 76'
AM19Otabek Shukurov
LW22Javokhir Sidikov
CF14Eldor Shomurodov 70'
Substitutions:
MF16Azizbek Turgunboev 65'
FW10Marat Bikmaev 70'
FW7Sardor 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)

Discipline


Fair play points were used as tiebreakers if the head-to-head and overall records of teams were tied (and if a penalty shoot-out was not applicable as a tiebreaker). These were 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 was 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 21 1 2 −8

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