▲ Up
03:37 20-10-2017
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
Uzbekistan confirms 2018 AFC U-23 Championship ticket
16:50, 20 July 2017, 2374

AKIPRESS.COM - Uzbekistan qualified for the AFC U-23 Championship after topping Group D with a 2-0 win over hosts UAE at the Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Stadium in Al Ain on Wednesday, AFC reports.

Both sides were level on six points from two games coming into this third and final group fixture, but the UAE had an edge in better goal difference and knew they only needed a draw to progress.

The UAE looked comforted by that fact until after the hour when Kobilov nodded in Jasurbek Yakhshiboev’s corner. A second was then added by Javokir Sidikov on 90 minutes.

Now the hosts face an anxious wait to see whether they will still qualify for the Finals in China as one of five or six best runners-up.

The best first half chance fell to Uzbekistan two minutes before the interval when Zabikhillo Urinboev’s header in from Akramjon Komilov’s cross was picked out of the top corner by outstretched UAE keeper Mohammad Busanda. Moments later Suhail Saeed took a swipe from outside the area that was punched clear by Uzbekistan keeper Botirali Ergashev.

Sidikov’s free-kick sailed just over the cross bar after the break, and Mohammad Al Akberi tricked his way into the box but shot straight at the keeper up the other end before the hour.

Urinboev was fed into the box from Islomjon Kobilov’s long ball forward but struck at the keeper after the hour. But from the resulting corner, Islomjon Kobilov headed in Yakhshiboev's cross for the opener on 67 minutes.

Odiljon Xamrobekov could have added a second soon after when he was played into the box, but his chip back across goal only landed on the roof of the net.

Ali Al Yahyaee’s header from Shaheen Surour’s free-kick glanced just over with 15 minutes to spare as the UAE tried to get back into it.

But the victory was complete for Uzbekistan on 90 minutes when Sidikov smashed into the top corner from just inside the area.

Full access to all news articles in English

1 month2000 somsubscribe
year20000 somsubscribe
These subscription fees are for private individuals only. Please contact us via phone +996 (312) 900-776 or email info@akipress.org for corporate subscription inquiries
18:00 Top 200 biggest companies of Kyrgyzstan17:52 China third quarter growth meets expectations at 6.8%17:48 Final results of Oct.15 presidential election: Jeenbekov won 54.74%, Babanov - 33.7%:17:48 Uzbekistan, Iran discuss fuel and energy cooperation17:25 TV Star launches bid for Russia’s presidency17:17 Uzbekistan, Iran sign agreements on supply of agricultural and textile products for $25.5 mln17:10 Fuel crisis in Kazakhstan: Price for RON 92 gasoline may increase to 165 tenge per liter16:55 Situation on Kyrgyz-Kazakh border: More than 100 heavy trucks seen at Talas checkpoint16:31 2017 presidential election of Kyrgyzstan: Candidates spend over 470.5 mln som16:15 "I don't even admit election results, I neglect them:" Presidential candidate Madumarov15:55 Two police officers probed for bribery charges in Bishkek15:14 Passing of transport and individuals the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border accelerated: Border Service15:11 Probe launched after issuance of driving license to citizen with mental disorders14:51 From the moment of country's obtaining independence, industrial sector of Kyrgyzstan received $117.9 million in loans: Finance Ministry14:43 India seeks to buy more than 2,000 tons of Uzbek uranium14:15 Situation on Kyrgyz-Kazakh border: 7-km line of trucks are still waiting14:13 Tekebayev to be transferred to correctional colony #4713:58 Infant mornality rate drops twice in Kyrgyzstan — UNICEF13:09 Jacinda Ardern to become New Zealand Prime Minister13:07 25 social workers awarded in Osh for serving pensioners and people with disabilities
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06