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2023 AFC U20 Asian Cup quarterfinals set to be a blockbuster!

Five former champions – China, Japan, South Korea, Iran and Iraq – together with Australia, Jordan and hosts Uzbekistan advanced after a pulsating 2023 AFC U20 Asian Cup group stage.

The quarterfinal action will kick off on Saturday with four-time champions Iran meeting Iraq, who have lifted the trophy five times.

That will be followed by Uzbekistan playing Australia in a meeting between two teams desperate to win the coveted trophy for the first time.

Sunday’s action will see 12-time winners South Korea facing China, whose only title was won in 1985.

Japan, who have also emerged champions once, will face Jordan in the last of the quarterfinals.

The winners of the Iran-Iraq tie will meet the victors of the Japan-Jordan game in the semifinals with the triumphant side from the Uzbekistan-Australia face-off playing the winning team from the South Korea-China match.

Besides moving one step closer to lifting the title, the four semifinalists will also book their tickets to the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup in Indonesia.

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