Former Uzbekistan midfield dynamo Mirdjalal Kasimov has insisted that despite Maksim Shatskikh’s bright start to the AFC Asian Cup, the Central Asians can take nothing for granted ahead of Wednesday’s make-or-break clash with China.
China coach Zhu Guanghu has not ruled out China qualifying for the next phase of the AFC Asian Cup despite his side relinquishing a two goal lead before drawing 2-2 with Iran on Sunday.
With one round of matches remaining in the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup 2007, there is still plenty to play for with 14 teams in contention for eight places in the quarter-finals of Asia’s premier international football tournament.
Saad Al Harthi’s header three minutes into injury time gave Saudi Arabia a last-gasp 2-1 win over AFC Asian Cup co-hosts Indonesia on Saturday evening.
Korea Republic coach Pim Verbeek has been left hoping his side can overcome Indonesia in their final Group D game on Wednesday after slipping to a late defeat at the hands of Bahrain.
Javad Nekounam headed home in the 73rd minute as Iran recovered from a two-goal deficit to hold China to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining AFC Asian Cup Group C encounter at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Sunday evening
Talented midfielder Vitaliy Denisov has insisted that Uzbekistan will now only be focussing on their next match and not the possibility of grabbing a quarter-final berth, after they trounced Malaysia 5-0 in their latest AFC Asian Cup 2007 match.
Despite watching his side cruise to a 5-0 victory over Malaysia on Saturday, Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev said that there is still room for improvement for his side before their crunch AFC Asian Cup match with China next week.