Uzbekistan national under-19s football team gained a 1-0 victory over UAE in a friendly match at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Monday evening.
A penalty-goal from Islom Kenjaboev made sure of a win for the White Wolves ahead of the crucial matches in U-19 AFC Championship Qualifiers.
After the match, Uzbekistan U-19 head coach Aleksandr Mochinov talked to the media in the post-match press conference.
First of all, I would like to express my attitude to both Uzbekistan Football Federation and UAE Football Association to organize these important friendly matches ahead of the U-19 AFC Championship Qualifiers.
It is the second time we are facing UAE team, who are physically and tactically strong team, and they always show a good football turning the game into a fierce battle.
In general, the match was helpful for both sides as well as interesting game as we witnessed. I don’t prefer to discuss the decisions of the referees. Jasur Rakhimov’s eyebrow was cut and we sent him to the hospital, but all is fine with him means that he is ready to join our team today.
At the age of 19 years old, it is normal that players feel nervous in the opponent’s box and fail to use their opportunities to score goals in even one-and-one situations. Today, both sides made the same mistakes during the game and the only one we didn’t in the penalty-kick.
Ahead of the U-19 AFC Championship Qualifiers, we are still troubling in defensive line of the team, so, we are paying attention to strengthen our defence. It’s hard find the relevant information about the opponents in the Qualifiers matches, but we have. We are discussing what tactics they are applying in their trail matches, what their strong and weak points and who the key players are.