Uzbekistan through despite defeat to Korea Republic Reigning champions Uzbekistan confirmed the spot in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 quarter-finals on Wednesday despite a narrow 2-1 defeat to an already-qualified Korea Republic. Uzbekistan will meet the winners of Group D on Sunday.   Uzbekistan U23 1-2 Korea Republic U23 Goals: Bobir Abdixoliqov (21) – 

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Defending champions Uzbekistan took a major step towards the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 quarter-finals, defeating China PR 2-0 at Tinsulanon Stadium on Sunday.   AFC U23 Championship China PR U23 0-2 Uzbekistan U23 Goals: Islomjon Kobilov (45+3 penalty), Nurillo Tukhtasinov (80). Uzbekistan U-23: 1.Abduvokhid Nematov, 2.Islomjon Kobilov, 3.Hojiakbar Alijonov, 4.Abdulla Abdullaev, 6.Azizjon Ganiev, 9.Jasurbek 

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The sides split the points in Group C’s opening match. Uzbekistan went ahead through an Islomjon Kobilov penalty kick just before half-time, but Iran drew level through Reza Dehghani’s 58th minute goal to claim a share of the spoils at Tinsulanon Stadium.   Goals: Islomjon Kobilov (40 penalty) – Reza Dehghani (58). Uzbekistan U-23: 1.Abduvokhid 

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Uzbekistan’s AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 travelling party has been confirmed after head coach Ljubinko Drulovic settled on a 23-strong squad. The selection features six players from the title-winning 2018 squad, and seven who have been capped at senior level, with Khojiakbar Alijonov and Sanjar Kodirkulov part of Vadim Abramov’s most recent Asian Qualifiers squad 

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Part of the side which became Asian champions in 2018, Khojiakbar Alijonov has returned to the AFC U23 Championship eager to help Uzbekistan retain their continental crown and carve out a piece of Olympic history. The Central Asians memorably emerged victorious in China PR two years, recovering from an opening-day defeat to string together five 

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