Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev admitted that the absence of veteran central defender Asror Alikulov hurt his side as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Iran in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday.
Iran legend Ali Karimi has hailed his side’s motivation after they impressively came from behind to beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in their opening AFC Asian Cup 2007 Group C clash at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Wednesday.
Substitute Javad Kazemian scored 13 minutes from time as Group C favourites Iran came from a goal down to beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Wednesday.
Former Selangor striker Bambang Pamungkas handed Indonesia an impressive 2-1 win over 2004 semi-finalists Bahrain as the surprises continued at the AFC Asian Cup 2007 on Tuesday evening.
Han Peng and Wang Dong netted two goals apiece as China kicked off their AFC Asian Cup 2007 campaign in style with a 5-1 trouncing of Malaysia at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Wednesday.
Fiery Iran coach Amir Ghalenoei today promised to curb his temper in the heat of the Asian Cup after his Qatar counterpart saw red in the opening round matches.
Three times Asian Cup champions, Iran are confident of securing three points from their first Group C match against Uzbekistan at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, tomorrow evening.
Uzbekistan will be missing Maksim Shatskikh and Asror Alikulov when they begin their Asian Cup campaign against Group C favourites Iran tonight.
Youngster Aziz Haydarov delivered a cheeky message to Uzbekistan’s opening Asian Cup opponents today: "Iran go home." Haydarov scribbled the words on a piece of paper and held it up for media ahead of Uzbekistan’s Group C opener against the regional giants.