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AFC Under-23 Championship Qualifier
Uzbeks blank Bengal Syria 4:0 India
Sports Reporter
Published : Monday, 30 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 18
Bangladesh youths lost their second meet by 4-0 goals against Uzbekistan youths in the AFC Under-23 Championship-2016 qualifiers while Syria beat India by 4-0 goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
So far, Uzbekistan and Syria collected six points apiece. On the other hand, Bangladesh and India failed to collect any points as they lost both the matches they played. Thus, the last two teams will face each other in the third match on Tuesday to experience a courteous run off from the round.
Syria are leading the group while Uzbekistan placed second. Two strong rivals will engage in the match on Tuesday to decide the Group-E champions.
Bangladesh had to suffer much in their earlier meet against Syria on Friday and the same thing thwarted the host on Sunday against strong Uzbekistan. Bangladesh digested all four goals in the first half.
Bangladesh conceded the first goal in the very third minute when Uzbek midfielder Masharipov Javokhirbek curved a freekick to hit the net.
Defender Sardor Rakhmanov headed on a cross of midfielder Masharipov to double the lead in the 13th minute. The Central Asian country found the third goal in the 29th minute. It was Defender Sardor again who fired the Bengal net with a fierce header.
Midfielder maharipov Jaloliddin scored the fourth goal for the winners in the 39th minute.
In the second half, Uzbeks became a ten men team in the 54th minute after striker Shagulyamov saw a red card for illegally dragging down an opponent defender. However, Bangladesh also became a ten men team in the 69th minute when Bengal skipper Rayhan was awarded a red card after grounding a rival defender near the box.
Rising star Hemonta Vinsent Biswas played the match as he returned in the field after the two match ban in any international tournament following a red card in the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers in 2013. But the striker could not lighten up in the match. 
In the day's first match, Syria under-23 team came in attack from the very first minute and eventually they turn out well enough to score the much expected goal in the 15th minute.
The winners doubled the lead just before the short whistle as their striker Nassouh impressively headed on a cross of midfielder Omar Kharbin while Nassouh widen the margin in the 61st minute utilising a pass of Mahmoud Almawas to send the ball home while Mahmoud sealed the 4-0 win against India in the 80th minute of the match.

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