Monday, 03, August, 2020

Uzbekistan won 3-0 over Bangladesh in the 2018 Asian Games group stage opener at Pakansari Stadium in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday. Uzbekistan took the lead in the first half thanks to a header from skipper Zabikhillo Urinboev.

Uzbekistan dominated the game from the early minutes, and in the second half added to its advantage with a powerful strike from Khamdamov Dostonbek in the 57th minute from inside the penalty box, while stylish play saw Alibaev Ikromjon score in the 66th minute after a scrimmage inside the penalty box.

Uzbekistan dominated the match, controlling 73 percent of possession. The attacking mentality of Uzbekistan saw the team record 20 shot attempts with 11 on target.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh only recorded just two unsuccessful shots in 90 minutes of play.

Bangladesh coach, Day James, admitted to his team playing more defensively in the second half. James also criticized the referee's decision not to give a penalty when a Bangladeshi striker was brought down in the penalty box.

"We should have received two penalties," he said.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan coach Khaydarov Ravshan said his team played as planned, despite a slightly difficult first half.

"We played according to plan. We controlled the ball and created many opportunities," Khaydarov said.

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