Wednesday, 20, June, 2018

Sports

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has accepted the invitation of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and will today attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup 2018 in Moscow, which will take place at the 80,000 seat Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the national stadium of Russia – which is also where the final of the tournament will be held.

Uruguay will head to the World Cup on a winning note after beating Uzbekistan 3-0 in a chilly warmup in front of their own fans on Thursday.

Bunyodkor stadium will be renamed to Milliy (transl. National) stadium, the Uzbekistan Football Association said in a statement.

Uzbekistan head coach Timur Kopadze announced the squad for the away friendly match against Uruguay on June 7. Kopadze called up only the home-based players, and the core of the White Wolves is made up of the winners of the 2018 AFC U-23 Cup, who have been playing together for the last 5 years. The match will also be the first match for Uzbeksitan team against a World Cup winner.

Uzbekistan national football team will play a friendly against Iran in Tehran on Saturday. For this match Uzbekistan interim head coach Temur Kopadze called up only Uzbekistan-based young players and seems to be taking the opportunity to build a new team to prepare for the Asian Cup 2019 in the UAE. 

Honored coach of Uzbekistan Zarina Abdullayeva has been elected as the new president of the Gymnastics Federation. Before, she was in charge of the sports center of the Youth Union, the National Olympic Committee reported.

Lokomotiv midfielder Sardor Mirzayev bagged a brace as Uzbekistan's reigning champions defeated UAE's Al Wahda 4-1 on Matchday Five of the 2018 AFC Champions League Group B on Tuesday.

Last year’s semi-finalists Persepolis of Iran sealed their place at the 2018 AFC Champions League Knockout Stage with a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf on Monday.

Uzbekistan lost to Morocco 0-2 in their second friendly match in 5 days. Timur Kopadze made 11 changes to the first match against Senegal. The match began in a low note for the Uzbeks when Ayoub El Kaabi opened the score in the 3rd min of the match, his first goal in the national team.

Uzbekistan held Senegal, 1-1 in a friendly in Casablanca, Marocco on Friday. Uzbekistan was a better side for the most of the first half against Senegal’s experimental line-up, with Sadio Mané, Moussa Sow and Mbaye Niang on the bench and even managed to open the score through Shukurov’s penalty 19 min into the game.