Saudi Arabia coach Helio Dos Anjos insisted his side deserved their 2-1 win against Uzbekistan in this year’s AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.
The winner and the runner-up were lined up on the court for a postmatch picture, holding glass trophy vases and smiling for a photographer, when champion Varvara Lepchenko jumped out of the picture, ran to her equipment bag, and pulled out a small camera. She handed it to runner-up Kelly Liggan’s coach, Bill Belser, who obliged and snapped some souvenirs for the 21-year-old from Uzbekistan.
Saudi Arabia continued to bury the demons of their disappointing AFC Asian Cup showing in China three years ago by progressing to the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan on Sunday evening.
China coach Zhu Guanghu faces an uncertain future after his team went from championship contenders to Asian Cup also-rans within two matches.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev is keen to see as much footage of Saudi Arabia as he can before their Asian Cup quarter-final on Sunday in Jakarta.
Uzbekistan scored three late goals to stun 2004 finalist China 3-0 Wednesday, securing a trip to Jakarta for the Asian Cup quarterfinals at the expense of the 2004 finalists, AP reported.
Substitutes helped Uzbeksitan to win the crucial match against China, coach Rauf Inileyev said after his team smashed China 3-0 on Wednesday.
A second half brace from Taisir Al Jassam steered Saudi Arabia to a 4-0 drubbing of Gulf neighbours Bahrain at the Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium in Palembang on Wednesday and a place in the quarter-finals of this year’s AFC Asian Cup.