The final match of the second qualifying round of the Football World Cup 2018, where the hosting Uzbekistan team has defeated Bahrain and proceeded to the next qualification stage from the first place in H Group, took place tonight.
Sardor Rashidov scored the only goal in the second half. The game was not full of scoring chances as both teams have played for result. Only after the missed goal Bahrain players have moved to more aggressive play, but they anyway could not change the course of the game in their favor.
Territorial advantage of the hosts in the first half was not reflected in the score. Over the entire length of the game the players have not been able to make truly dangerous moments – Uzbekistan national team players made only two shots.
27 minutes into the match Vitaliy Denisov, who received a slight head concussion in a collision in the play, had to be changed. Samvel Babayan set Stanislav Andreev instead of him.
The second half has also been started with the hosts’ attacks. One of them succeeded after individual pass of Sardor Rashidov on the wing. In the 49 minute he managed to get rid of guardians and make a free kick. Bahrain's national team has made only one dangerous moment, when the goalkeeper Labanov has rescued his team, having played well at the dash from goal. The score has not changed till the end of the game.
Philippines national team has sensationally beat North Korea in another match of the group - 3: 2. After this victory the Filipinos shifted Bahrain from the third place and deprived them of the opportunity to play in the Asian Championship.
Uzbekistan national team took first place in the standings of H group gaining 21 points after eight matches. DPRK team is in the second place with 16 points.