Bahrain closed to within a point of Group B leaders Korea Republic in the AFC Final Round qualifiers for the 2008 Beijing Olympics as goals by Jaycee Okwunwanne and Abdullah Omar gave them a 2-0 victory over Uzbekistan at Bahrain National Stadium on Wednesday.
Bahrain’s Olympic national soccer team will be seeking to boost their 2008 Beijing Olympics qualification hopes by picking up their third victory in four games when they host Uzbekistan tonight in a Group ’B’ match at 6pm at the National Stadium in Riffa. The Bahrainis remain in strong contention in this four-team group, trailing only three points behind unbeaten leaders South Korea who will play the Syrians today in an away match in Aleppo.
2005 AFC Player of the Year runners-up Maxim Shatskikh slammed five goals as Uzbekistan crushed Chinese Taipei 9-0 in the first round of Asian qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Saturday night.
Uzbekistan virtually booked their place in the next round of Asian qualifying for the 2010 World Cup with a 9-0 first round, first leg thrashing of Taiwan in Tashkent.
Pakhtakor restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Uzbekistan league standings with a 3-1 win over Shurtan on Sunday.
Pauline Parmentier of France won her first career WTA Tour final Sunday, upsetting top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the Tashkent Open.
Top-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and France’s Pauline Parmentier will go after their first career WTA Tour titles by playing each other in the final of the $145,000 Tashkent Open.
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated qualifier Ksenia Palkin 6-4, 6-3 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Tashkent Open.