Olympic team of Uzbekistan held its second match in the Asian Championship U-23 in Qatar. In the second round of the group tournament, the team played versus the team of Iraq, with the score 3: 2.
The most important match against Iraq started well for the Uzbek team. Doston Khamdamov scored a goal and put the team ahead in the first minute. However, in the first half the Iraqi football team scored two goals and went to the break with a one goal advantage.
In the second half, the coaching staff of the Uzbek team tried to change the course of the game, having made a number of substitutions in the composition. And late replacement by Babayan, lived up to his expectations. Two minutes later, after his appearance on the field, Timur Khakimov, scored a goal on the 78th minute of the match. The joy of Uzbekistan national team players did not last long, as just four minutes after the goal, the Iraqi national team striker, Humam Tariq, managed to score the winning goal and thereby ensure his teams’ early exit to the quarter-finals of the Asian Championship U-23.
Thus, after loosing to the national teams of South Korea and Iraq, Olympic team of Uzbekistan, lost chances to exit from the group.
In the third round of the group stage of the Asian Championship U- 23, the team, led by Samvel Babayan, will play versus the national team of Yemen on January 19. This meeting will reveal the names of the teams, which will take 3 and 4 places of the "C" group. Note, the national team of Yemen , as well as the team of Uzbekistan,did not win any points in two rounds.