Emirates News Agency – AFC U-23 Cup, the Saudi national team, a historic title and unprecedented records.

ABU DHABI, June 20 / WAM / Yesterday (Sunday) the curtain fell for the matches of the fifth edition of the Asian Cup for Olympic teams (under 23 years), which was held in Uzbekistan with the participation of 16 teams, and was crowned by the Saudi team.

The list of participating teams in this edition included 6 Arab teams: the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar and Iraq.

The Saudi team crowned the title for the first time in its history, setting many records in its continental championship entry record, after also topping the tournament as the strongest offensive line and strongest defense line.

In the following report, the Emirates News Agency / WAM / keeps track of the most prominent figures and statistics from this edition of the tournament, according to the Asian Football Confederation.

The Saudi Olympic team’s victory in the title came to write a new history for the team, after it crowned the title without suffering any loss during its career in the tournament, and it drew one match in the group stage and it was negative against Japan.

Saudi goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Aqidi set a record as the first goalkeeper in the tournament’s history to keep a clean sheet in all the matches he played, “6 matches”, including 3 matches in the group stage and then in the quarter-finals, semi-final and final, in which the Saudi team defeated the team from Uzbekistan 2-0.

During his career in the tournament, the Saudi team scored 13 goals and the team reached the final of the tournament for the third time, being the first team to reach the final in 3 copies of the tournament.

The team had lost the final of the first and fourth edition in 2014 and 2020 respectively, only to win the title in the final of the fifth edition yesterday.

Besides winning the title, the Saudi team also won the fair play award, player Ayman Yahya won the prize for best player of the tournament and goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Aqidi received the prize for best goalkeepers this edition.

The tournament matches witnessed 81 goals, 62 goals in the group stage, 10 goals in the quarter-finals, 4 goals in the semi-finals, 3 goals in the match for third and fourth place and two goals in the final.

The match between Qatar and Uzbekistan in the group stage was the top scorer of this edition, having witnessed 6 goals for Uzbekistan, who won 6-0.

Five players shared the top scorers list of this edition, with 3 goals each: the Japanese Yuito Suzuki, the Uzbekistan Gasorbek Jalaluddin, the South Korean Cho Young Wook, the Saudi Ayman Yahya and the Thai Sovanat Moyanta.

The tournament also witnessed 4 goals conceded, the first came from Qatari Yusuf Ayman against his country’s team in the group stage for Uzbekistan, and the second was signed by Iraqi Hussein Ammar for Uzbekistan, also in the quarter-finals, and then the third by Uraz Orazov, Turkmenistan player for Australia, also in the quarter-finals. He finished fourth against Australian Kei Troen in favor of Japan in the third-place match.

And the most famous umpires in the tournament matches are 107 yellow cards, including 77 cards in the group stage, 14 cards in the quarter-finals, 6 cards in the semi-final, 4 cards in the third place match and 6 cards This version also witnessed announcing 10 red cards, including 8 cards in the group stage and two cards in the quarter-finals.

And although the market value of the Saudi team is 6.10 million euros, according to the Transfer Market website, which specializes in player numbers and statistics, it outperformed the most expensive teams with a market value, the South Korean team, which has a value. has of 15.95 million euros, which is at the forefront of the teams participating in the tournament. And the Japanese team, worth 6.53 million euros, comes in second in terms of market value, while the Saudi team is in third place in terms of market value.