The White Wolves shock Taegeuk Warriors in their campaign opener at AFC Futsal Championship

Chery Tigo 7 PRO

A dominant display from Uzbekistan saw them get their AFC Futsal Championship 2018 campaign off to a winning start in Group B with a comprehensive 13-2 win over Korea Republic on Tuesday.

They took a deserved lead in the third minute when Artur Yunusov fired home past Seo Jung-woo from the right hand side of the goal.

Straight from the kick off Uzbekistan managed to win the ball back and within 10 seconds of his first Choriev had added a second and Uzbekistan’s lead was extended to three.

Such was Uzbekistan’s dominance that Korea Republic were denied any clear chances and resorted to the powerplay, effectively having five outfield players for extended periods of time.

It took just over 60 seconds in the second half for Uzbekistan to add a seventh courtesy of a fine finish from a tight angle by Khusniddin Nishonov, before Dilmurod Shavkatov made it eight just two minutes later. Two goals from Ilhomjon Hamroev and Dilshod Rakhmatov took Uzbekistan into double figures, before Anaskhon Rakhmatov made it 11-1 after 37 minutes.

Jang scored his second of the match two minutes later, but a brace in the final minute by Mashrab Adilov put the exclamation mark on a thoroughly dominant performance.

Uzbekistan now turn their attention to their match against fellow Central Asian side Tajikistan on Saturday, while Korea Republic must face up against regional rivals Japan in a must-win encounter.


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