Uzbekistan out to finish Korean hoodoo

  • Uzbekistan contingency kick Korea Republic to say hopes of subordinate directly for Russia 2018
  • Historically, a Taeguk Warriors have been a spook group for a White Wolves
  • “Either we win or we should finish football in a country,” announced a Uzbek captain 

“This is a final chance. Either we kick South Korea or we should finish football in a country.”

Strong disproportion from Uzbekistan captain Odil Ahmedov, who cut an romantic figure during a post-match research of his country’s 1-0 improved to China PR on Thursday 31 August.

Of course, a Shanghai SIPG midfielder is exaggerating slightly: nonetheless a arriving tie opposite Korea Republic is Uzbekistan’s final diversion in Group A of a Asian qualifiers, it is by no means a White Wolves’ final possibility of reaching a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Mathematically, even a pull would still leave a doorway open, despite around a track of a play-off rounds. However, Ahmedov does not even wish to anticipate that outcome.

“We already went by that 4 years ago,” pronounced a 29-year-old executive midfielder to, remembering how Uzbekistan came agonisingly tighten to subordinate for Brazil 2014. “We picked adult a same series of points as a Koreans though finished in third place since of a worse idea difference, and afterwards we mislaid out to Jordan in a play-offs. This time we wish to validate for a World Cup directly, avoiding this situation.”

The 2014 qualifiers were not a usually time that a Taeguk Warriors barred a Uzbeks’ trail to a World Cup finals. In attempting to strech Germany 2006, Uzbekistan unsuccessful to repudiate Korea Republic second place and went on to remove opposite Bahrain in a play-off.

Korea Republic seem to have an ongoing hex over a former Soviet republic, proof their undoing not usually in World Cup qualifiers though in a AFC Asian Cup as well. In 2011, a Taeguk Warriors prevailed 3-2 in a compare for third place and, 4 years later, they knocked out a White Wolves 2-0 after additional time. In 14 rival fixtures, Korea Republic have won ten, with Uzbekistan’s usually feat over their rivals entrance in a 1-0 win in 1994. Remaining certain can't be easy when faced with such ban statistics.

“They’re a spook team, it’s a fact,” Ahmedov admitted, “but we’re personification during home and we have a avocation to a fans. We have to do this avocation – there’s no other option. we consider a improved to China will glow adult a lads. We have a clever group and we shouldn’t ever perform like that.”

The detriment to China PR was Uzbekistan’s fourth divided detriment in a quarrel during this subordinate campaign.

“It’s tough to win when we don’t measure from such mouth-watering positions. How many definite chances did we have opposite China? We can't proceed games in this way. we consider we’ll uncover a most improved customary of football in Tashkent. Only a win will fit us during home.”

Group A fixtures
Uzbekistan-Korea Republic, 5 September, Tashkent. KO during 18:00 Moscow time.
Iran-Syria, 5 September, Tehran. KO during 18:00 Moscow time.
Qatar-China PR, 5 September, Doha. KO during 18:00 Moscow time.

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