Kuala Lumpur: With just 30 days lớn go until the AFC U23 Championship Vương Quốc của nụ cười 20đôi mươi kicks off, we reflect on some stand-out matches from the previous editions of the tournament & anticipate more exciting action khổng lồ come in the next chapter in January.

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The AFC U23 Championship, that began in 2014 as the AFC U-22 Championship, has been filled with fantastic fixtures và great games throughout the three editions of the tournament hosted so far in Oman, Qatar và Đài Loan Trung Quốc quảng bá.

Here are five classics khổng lồ enjoy và whet the appetite for the action lớn come at Vương Quốc của nụ cười 20trăng tròn.

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nhật bản 3-3 IR Iran - năm trước Group Stage

2014: Japan vs IR Iran

Islamic Republic of Iran và nhật bản kicked off their năm trước campaigns with a six-goal thriller in Muscat.

A rollercoaster affair at Royal Oman Police Stadium, it was Humam Afazeli"s side who opened the scoring through Behnam Barzay in the seventh minute only for Japan"s Riki Harakawa to equalise two minutes later with a swerving shot.

Future Arsenal và VFB Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano then showed great skill lớn give sầu the Samurai Blue the lead before the young Team Melli came roaring baông chồng lớn regain it, through a six-minute brace from eventual tournament Top Scorer Kaveh Rezaei.

There would be yet another twist in the game & it came courtesy of current Porkhổng lồ star Shoya Nakajima, who scored with a characteristic strike from distance khổng lồ ensure Japan a giới thiệu of the points.

Qatar 1-2 Iraq (AET) - năm nhâm thìn Third Place Play-off

năm 2016 Third Place Play-off: Qatar vs Iraq

Hosts Qatar và fellow West Asian representatives Iraq experienced heartbreaking exits in their respective sầu semi-finals at the 2016 AFC U23 Championship. However, they still had an opportunity to lớn celebrate with the third place play-off deciding who would get the remaining ticket lớn the Rio Olympics.

Two of Qatar"s best-performing players combined khổng lồ give Al Annabi the lead mid-way through the first half; Akram Afif"s precise ball found tournament top scorer Ahmed Alaa who made no mistake lớn net his sixth goal.

While Qatar had plenty more chances to extkết thúc their advantage, they were unable lớn use them & they would be punished when Mohannad Abdul-Raheem equalised for Iraq in the 86th minute.

The game then headed inlớn extra time, where Iraq scored once again as Ayman Hussein headed past Muhannad Nayên, to break the hearts of the Qataris và earn a bronze medal for the Lions of Mesopotamia.

nhật bản 3-2 Korea Republic - năm 2016 Final

năm 2016 Final: nhật bản vs Korea Republic

The final of the năm 2016 AFC U23 Championship witnessed a match worthy of the occasion. Traditional rivals nhật bản and Korea Republic had both sealed qualification for the Olympics by reaching the final but they still had a title and bragging rights khổng lồ fight for.

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Kwon Chang-hoon"s deflected shot put Korea Republic in the driving seat during the first half and the Taeguk Warriors doubled their lead right after half time, as Jin Seong-uk scored his first goal of the tournament.

nhật bản coach Makoto Teguramori sent on Takuma Asano at the hour mark to lớn try & change things; it would prove sầu to lớn be an inspired substitution.

Within minutes, Asano pulled one bachồng with a fine strike before Shinya Yakima headed in Naomichi Ueda"s cross to lớn equalise just moments later. Asano then finished off Shoya Nakajima"s pass late on to lớn complete a brilliant Japanese comeback & help his side to lớn the title.

Iraq 3-3 Vietphái nam (3-5 on Penalties) - 2018 Quarter-Final

2018 Quarter-final: Iraq v Vietnam

A match that saw millions take lớn the streets in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minch City và Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc laud the side, Vietnam"s incredible quarter-final victory over Iraq captured the hearts of the ASEAN nation. And what a match it was!

Iraq went into the game in confident mood after topping Group D and dictated the opening exchanges but it it was the Vietnamese who took the lead with just 12 minutes on the clock through Nguyen Cong Phuong. Aymen Hussein levelled the scores from the penalty spot on the half-hour but the scores remained cấp độ at the 90 minute-mark.

In extra-time Hussein put Iraq ahead for the first time but Phan Vun Duc restored parity & then Ha Duc Chinch headed Vietphái nam 3-2 ahead. Yet again, though, with four minutes remaining Alaa Mhawi struông xã from a tight angle, sending the game into lớn a shootout.

That left Bashar Resan khổng lồ fluff his lines, missing with his penalty in the first round as all five sầu Vietnamese penalty takers held their nerve sầu from 12 yards lớn clalặng a famous win.

An emotional head coach Park Hang-seo said after the game: "I want to lớn present this win lớn all football fans in Vietnam, and I want lớn thank the Vietnam Football Federation và everyone who has supported football in Vietnam giới."

Vietphái mạnh 1-2 Ubekisrã (AET) - 2018 Final

2018 Final: Vietphái mạnh 1-2 Uzbekistan

A match that had everthing including the iconic "Rainbow In The Snow" goal that went down in Vietnamese footballing folklore. It was the end of the remarkable campaign for the ASEAN country, one which will live long in the hearts of their supporters, and it was a deserving finale to lớn conclude a memorable tournament.

In decidedly wintry conditions at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Center, it was Uzbekischảy who controlled the early proceedings, and they duly took the lead on eight minutes when a poorly marked Rustamjon Ashurmatov headed trang chính Khamdamov’s outswinging corner.

However, after seeing Azizjon Ganiev fire narrowly over, Vietphái mạnh drew cấp độ on the stroke of half-time. Nguyen Cong Phuong was brought down on the edge of the area, and from the resulting free-kick Nguyen Quang Hai superbly curled the ball past the despairing dive of Botirali Ergashev to register his fifth goal of the tournament - a moment of bright colour on the snowy backdrop.

In the last meaningful action of normal time, Zabikhillo Urinboev could, & very possibly should, have won the match for the Central Asians, but the striker inexplicably lashed his attempt from eight yards over the bar after Bui Tien Dung had parried Akramjon Komilov’s cross inlớn his path.

Urinboev’s miss was lớn matter little in the end though, as Andrey Sidorov applied an expert finish to lớn Dostonbek Khamdamov"s last gasp corner at the over of additional time lớn seal the title for Uzbekistung and break Vietnamese hearts on a day of high drama.