Although Uzbekistan started strong favourites only for a quick start to the second half separate the two teams, Jordan probably left it too late before having a go at the Uzbek defence. They will be happy with their tournament overall, and in the end the best team is in the semi-finals.

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After a rush of work hit the gibfootballshow shores mixed in with the incompentency of Eurosport in ever scheduling something for when it’s actually on, it has been nigh on impossible to keep up with the Asian Cup to the extent that the website wanted to.

The competition has reached the Quarter Final stage and it’s time to make the return to the crazy world of Asian football. Group A maybe had a slight upset as China were eliminated but however Uzbekistan have been superb and Qatar bucked up their ideas to see both teams advance.

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The start of the second phase of games. Winning will give you a massive chance to advance, lose your second game and you’re likely to be going home. Uzbekistan after their win against Qatar could advance to the next round win a victory.

Uzbekistan started well, a lovely passing move saw the ball played out to Sanjar Tursunov his crossed made it’s way to the back post where Odil Akhmedov was caught by surprise and he couldn’t direct his header on target.

Unfortunately for Kuwait they couldn’t even create what would be known as a half chance, maybe quarter chances if you really wanted to.

It was left to Uzbek legend Maksim Shatskikh to open the scoring. Kuwait conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box, Shatskikh tried to place it betweet the two Uzbek players in the wall, the kick came off one of the players backs changing direction leaving Nawaf Al Khaldi with no chance.

Kuwait came out from the break firing on all cylinders; Fahad Awad charged down the left and fired in a dangerous cross. Hamad Nayef on at the break won the header but could only direct it over the bar.

Minutes later Kuwait made the breakthrough; Walied Ali cut inside and found Nayef in the area. Anzur Ismailov mistimed his tackle and brought Nayef down in the box. A definite penalty and a great chance for Kuwait to save their tournament.

Bader Al Mutwa stepped up and calmly placed the ball into the corner of the net, sending Ignatiy Nesterov the wrong way.

Server Djeparov then took the game by the horns, picking up the ball in midfield, he then played it wide to Jasur Khasanov on the left, Djeparov continued his run, Khasanov cut the ball back to him and Djeparov smashed a fantastic first time left footed effort past Al Khaldi the Kuwaiti keeper had no chance. A superb goal which he then celebrated in style with his customary back flips.

With ten minutes left Kuwait tried to find an equaliser and substitute Ahmad Ajab Alzemi should have scored that goal. Bader Al Mutwa played a long ball from near the half way line, Alzemi ghosted into the box he went for the spectacular volley, unfortunately his shin got in the way and he spooned it over the bar.

Uzbekistan deserved the win in the end but Kuwait had their chances in the second half, their first half let themselves down.

Uzbekistan coach Vadim Abramov warned other teams of his teams chances in the tournament.

“This is a big tournament, who wins this tournament is the best team. Every team at this tournament is very strong and I hope the quality of the football does not get less,” he said.

“I think we can cause some surprises and I hope Uzbekistan will be champion in this tournament, but there are many other good teams here so it will be difficult, but I hope it will be Uzbekistan.”

Kuwait coach Goran Tufegdzic said that experience was the key to his teams troubles.

“Now this is a very bad feeling, Our team lost this match but we have one match remaining against Qatar. Our target is to win that match and pick up our first three points of the tournament.

“Maybe my players need more experience but what can you do, these things happen and one thing is for sure is that these players have a good future.

“Our team lost many chances against Kuwait  but they are very young; the average age of our squad is under 23.

“You saw today our team have the players to get a good result but they need experience.”

The Uzbeki team now need only a point from their final game against China to secure their place in the last eight. Kuwait need a miracle if they are to progress, looks very unlikely.


Today saw the opening match of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, the hosts Qatar were up against Uzbekistan. Let’s just say it didn’t go according to plan for the hosts on their big day.

After an uninspired first half it was up to defender Odil Akhmedov to start the tournament off with a BANG! Stepping up from back, 30 yards from goal Ahmedov tried his luck and fired a wonderful goal past the flailing Qasem Burhan in the Qatar net.

The home crowd inside the Khalifa International Stadium groaned when the home side went 2-0 down. A poor backpass from left-back Ibrahim Majed put 2008 Asian Football of the Year Server Djeparov in on goal and all he had to do was sidefoot the ball past Burhan and the Uzbeki’s had the 2-0 victory which puts then in pole position to qualify from Group A.

Qatar coach Bruno Metsu came out with an honest account of his teams performance:

“Today is a very bad start for our team,” he said.

“We wanted to play well for the people, for everybody but we played a very bad game today. I’m sorry for the fans, for everybody but sometimes it is very difficult to play well right from the start of a tournament, particularly with pressure on the players.

“I hope that the team will improve and I think it is very possible because today there were many mistakes and the players need to give something more for the next game.”

On the opposite side Uzbekistan’s coach Vadim Abramov seemed very confident of his teams performance:

“I’m very sorry for Qatar people because this was a big celebration for them,” he said.

“They (the players) played great today but this is not our maximum, I still think that we can play much better.

“We got the three points today and we are happy now but we should not relax for the next match. We will enjoy this now but tomorrow we will look to the next match.

“The fact that we beat Qatar today will help us for the next game.”

Tomorrow Kuwait will take on China in the Al Gharafa Stadium a win for either team will give them a great chance to progress.