In the wake of Iran’s 2-0 defeat of co-hosts Malaysia on Wednesday night, Team Melli coach Amir Ghalenoei revealed that his side were happy to have achieved their aim of finishing top of a strong Group C.
A 29th minute penalty from Javad Nekounam coupled with a second half goal from Andranik Teymourian helped a struggling Iran secure a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup by narrowly beating resilient co-hosts Malaysia 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Norizan Bakar has been sensationally axed by Malaysia’s football authorities despite his side earning plaudits galore during a narrow 2-0 AFC Asian Cup defeat to Iran on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev felt that fortune was on his team’s side on Wednesday as they defeated China 3-0 at Shah Alam Stadium to reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup for a second consecutive time.
China coach Zhu Guanghu was reluctant to discuss his future plans after his side bowed out of the AFC Asian Cup following a 3-0 defeat to Uzbekistan in their final Group C match on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan secured a quarter-final meeting with Saudi Arabia in the AFC Asian Cup after second half goals from Maksim Shatskikh, Timur Kapadze and Alexander Geynrikh lifted the central Asian side to a 3-0 win over China at Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday.
China coach Zhu Guanghu has dismissed talk of playing for a draw in his team’s final Asian Cup Group match against Uzbekistan on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan striker Maksim Shatskikh has sounded a note of concern about the pitch at the Shah Alam Stadium as the central Asian side prepare to face China in a crunch AFC Asian Cup Group C encounter on Wednesday.
China’s last group match in the ongoing Asian Cup against Uzbekistan was further clouded as starting goalie Li Leilei was confirmed unable to play, owing to injury.