The Uzbekistan skipper Odil Ahmedov’s second-half free-kick helped seal a vital 1-0 victory over Qatar at Bunyodkor Stadium on Tuesday and maintain their bid for automatic berths for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and leave their opponents rooted to the bottom of Group A.
- First of all I want to bring apologies to our fans for the loss against Syria. We made many mistakes, so did I. That match could go either way, we could have won it too. But we lost through a penalty kick in the last minute. Unfortunately due to injuries and bans I couldn’t have the best line-up for none of the 7 matches. Everything is against us. Regardless of who will play in the national team, we will advance for our goal. Denisov will not play tomorrow- Babayan said.
Omar Khrbin’s late penalty earned Syria a 1-0 win over Uzbekistan on Thursday evening as Ayman Al Hakeem’s side moved into contention for an automatic berth at the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Uzbekistan will look to widen the gap on their Matchday Six opponents Syria to 7 points when the sides go head to head today in Malaysia.
Uzbekistan head coach Samvel Babayan announced the squad for World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers against Syria on March 23 (in Malaysia), and Qatar in Tashkent on March 28.
Tashkent based Lokomotiv midfielder Salamat Kutibaev scored the second fastest goal in AFC Champions League history as the Uzbek side picked up their first points of the 2017 competition after a 2-0 win over visitors Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates at Lokomotiv Stadium in Group A on Monday.
On February 21 in Matchday 1 of ACL 2017 Saudi Arabia champions Al Ahli made a winning start to their 2017 AFC Champions League campaign when Christian Gross’ side handed Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor a 2-0 defeat at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.