Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France beat Varvara Lepchenko of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Strasbourg International.
Iyad Mando proved the hero for Al Karama as the Syrians qualified for the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League thanks to a 2-0 victory over Neftchi in their final Group C match at Khaled Ibn Al Waleed Stadium on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan league champions Pakhtakor claimed their second win against Al Kuwait as they defeated Kuwait league champions 2-1 in Group B action at the Army Stadium on Wednesday.
Coach Mohammed Kwid will be hoping for an outcome similar to Al Karama’s final group game of last year’s AFC Champions League when they face Neftchi in their Group C showdown at the Khaled Ibn Al Waleed stadium on Wednesday night.
With Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia having already secured top spot in Group B, Pakhtakor and Al Kuwait meet in Tashkent on Wednesday simply looking to avoid the wooden spoon.
Neftchi reclaimed the lead in the Uzbekistan League after thrashing Samarkand 3-1 while Pakhtakor slipped to second after being held to a 1-1 draw by Kuruvchi Tashkent in the 10th round recently.
Uzbekistan has claimed a worthy consolation for their efforts in Japan these Championships, defeating Kyrgyzstan 5-3 in the playoff for third place at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium today.
It wasn’t quite as effortless as some had anticipated, but Iran have once again emphasised their class with a comfortable 7-3 semi final win over Uzbekistan to earn themselves a shot at reclaiming the AFC Futsal Championship title.