Sunday, 21, January, 2018

Sports

A late goal by Kaveh Rezaei ensured Esteghlal from the Islamic Republic of Iran took a point from their meeting in Tashkent with 2016 quarter-finalists Lokomotiv on Tuesday as the Uzbek side kept their hopes of a place in the next phase of this year’s AFC Champions League alive.

Artur Taymazov of Uzbekistan, who competed in the Men’s 96-120kg Freestyle wrestling event the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, in which he was awarded a gold medal, have been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 following the re-analysis which resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substances turinabol and stanozolol.

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.

Goals from Jerry Bengtson and Morteza Tabrizi secured a 2-0 win for Zobahan – their first of the 2017 AFC Champions League campaign – and handed hosts Bunyodkor a third consecutive Group C defeat on Monday.

Esteghlal's Farshid Esmaeili and Ali Ghorbani were on the scoresheet at as their ran out 2-0 winners over Lokomotiv in Group A of the 2017 AFC Champions League on Monday.

Last minute penalty converted by Omar Abdulrahman helped last year’s runners-up Al Ain picked up their first win of the 2017 AFC Champions League in an exciting 3-2 win away at Bunyodkor on Tuesday.