▲ Up
05:09 20-09-2018
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
Uzbekistan confirms 2018 AFC U-23 Championship ticket
Central Asia | sport | 16:50, 20 July 2017 | 4131

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.

17:50 Segizbayev classified Belize documents on purpose: MP17:44 President Mirziyoyev to visit Tajikistan17:32 Belize-gate: Who will be responsible if documents will turn out to be fake? asks MP17:28 Turkey jails 24 Istanbul airport workers pending trial after protests17:22 Yemen conflict: A million more children face famine, NGO warns17:19 Ex-mayor of Bishkek Kubanychbek Kulmatov might be stripped of his citizenship17:17 South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use17:02 Top state prosecutor and security bodies to set up special commission on Belize-gate16:56 National Security Committee Chief invited to parliament committee's meeting to discuss classified Belize-gate materials16:52 Patients with chronic kidney disease in Kyrgyzstan to receive dialysis at German private clinic16:48 Kyrgyzstan to chair over CIS council of heads of statistics services16:44 Uzbekistan appoints HSBC banker to run debt office, readies Eurobond16:37 Parliament of Kyrgyzstan confirms Supreme Court judge16:29 Probe against Omurbek Babanov suspended: National Security Committee16:29 Visits to former Bishkek mayor Kulmatov held in remand prison not restricted, national security committee says16:25 Oscar Committee of Kyrgyzstan accepts applications for Academy Awards competition16:03 Central Asian states share experience in combating financing of terrorism15:59 Russia deploys Iskander-M missile complexes to Kyrgyzstan for drill15:51 E-document management may be launched until year-end in Kyrgyzstan15:43 IFC invests $8 mln in private equity fund to support SMEs in Kyrgyzstan
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2018. 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