He may not have enjoyed the triumphant return he was hoping for on Wednesday but Pavel Bugalo was still pleased to be back between the posts for Uzbekistan in their 2-1 defeat to Iran at the AFC Asian Cup.
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 coach Amir Ghalanoei claimed that a misunderstanding between himself and the referee resulted in his dismissal from the bench during his side’s 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in 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.