Uzbekistan futsal team defeated Lebanon with a score of 2: 0 in the last match of the group stage of the Asian Championship.
The two goals were scored by Javlon Anor and Farhod Abdumavlonov. Now the team will play in the quarter-final versus the national team of Iraq, which is ranked second in the «B» group after loosing to Iran - 2:13.
Kyrgyzstan managed to beat Saudi Arabia and received a second ticket to the play-off stage, where the team will play against a tenfold champion of Asia - the national team of Iran.
"Today we played for the fans, not for Kyrgyzstan and Saudi Arabia. The result of this match was not important for us from the tournament point of view. But we had to win for our fans. In the second half, Lebanon looked better, but Rustam Umarov nullified all efforts of the attackers. In my opinion, he is one of the best goalkeepers in Asia,” said the head coach of Uzbek team, Jose Maria Mendez at the postgame press conference.
"In the quarter final, we are aiming for victory. Iraq lost to Iran with a big score, but that does not mean anything. Iraq is a strong team, we are waiting for a difficult match and we will prepare for the upcoming match on the basis of the previous two games,” he said.
The head coach of the Lebanese Futsal team, Francisco Araujo also spoke to reporters after losing the match.
"The game was equal. Unfortunately, we made a couple of mistakes in the defense, which became fatal. We tried to score, but luck was not on our side. Uzbek goalkeeper played just fine,“ Araujo said. “Of course, before the start of the tournament we set ourselves the task of entering the World Cup. It is a pity that we could not achieve that goal."