Uzbekistan secure a place at the AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020 Finals

Uzbekistan confirmed their place in next year’s Finals, as well as Tajikistan’s, with a 4-1 win over Nepal in Thursday’s later match.

Bakhodir Akhmedov’s side led all the way in a win which owed much to a comprehensive first-half performance, with Uzbekistan finding the net three times in the opening minutes.

Fresh from scoring the final goal in his side's win over Afghanistan on Wedneday, Khusniddin Nishonov carried that momentum into Thursday’s tie with goals in the third and eighth minutes to put Uzbekistan on track for another victory.

Akbar Usmonov added a third goal five minutes later, and the Central Asian side’s place in the Finals was effectively sealed when Mashrab Adilov made it 4-0 in the first minute of the second half.

Nepal scored their first goal of the tournament when Mani Kumar Lama found the net with a minute remaining, but that was the only blip for Uzbekistan, who maintained their record of having qualified for every edition of the AFC Futsal Championship.


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