Uzbekistan’s champions Pakhtakor Tashkent lost their last match, but claimed top place in Group D of CIS Cup.
Uzbekistan and Japan went to the top of Groups A and B respectively after the first round of matches in the 7th International Youth Friendship Tournament in Doha.
Two of the biggest clubs in Uzbekistan will meet on the opening day of the 2008 season when defending champions Pakhtakor begin their quest for a seventh successive league title against five-time winners Neftchi Fergana on 27 February.
AFC Champions League 2008 qualifiers Kuruvchi geared-up for the start of the 2008 Uzbekistan League with a 2-1 victory over Ukrainian third-tier side FC Nyva Vinnytsya.
AFC Champions League ever-presents Pakhtakor made a winning start to the defence of their Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Cup title on Saturday with a narrow 1-0 win over Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev.
Pakhtakor Tashkent started CIS Cup with two victories in two matches. Currently, Pakhtakor is CIS Cup holders.
Ruslan Chagaev can dream of bigger fights and paychecks after retaining his WBA heavyweight title Saturday, AP reported.
Matt Skelton’s improbable quest for a world heavyweight title ended in gallant defeat in Dusseldorf last night when, despite a superhuman effort, he had to settle for second best against World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev whose clever in-fighting and superb shot selection finally proved insurmountable hurdles.