Uzbekistan were made to work for a 2-0 win over Nepal in their second Group D AFC Under-23 Championship qualifier at the Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Stadium in Al Ain.
Dostonbuk Tursunov put the White Wolves in front on 21 minutes before Azizjon Ganiev got a second 10 minutes before time to register Uzbekistan’s second victory in the group.
Uzbekistan’s Zabikhillo Urinboev had two chances to put the White Wolves in front early on, but shot wide and missed an open goal after successfully getting onto the end of crosses inside the first quarter.
Urinboev again headed wide from a cross before the hour to round off a disappointing night in front of goal. But he made up for it on 80 minutes by supplying the quick one-two that fed Ganiev into play for the second.