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UAE bounce back, winning start for Uzbekistan

Monday, October 22, 2018
Rawan Abdulla Alhammadi-UAE-U19

Bishkek: United Arab Emirates revived their hopes of a place in the 2019 AFC U-19 Women's Championship with a win while Uzbekistan opened their Round 1 Qualifiers Group C campaign on a high note at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on Monday.

UAE, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to Kyrgyz Republic in their opening match on Saturday, bounced back in style to defeat Maldives 19-0 while Uzbekistan strolled to an 8-0 win over Guam.


UAE's goal rush began just four minutes into the match with Rawan Abdulla Alhammadi (pictured above) finding the back of the net as she added two more in the 60th and 87th minutes.

She was one of four UAE players to hit a hat-trick with Layla Mohamed Almheiri and Salha Rashid scoring four each.

Almheiri's efforts came in the 39th, 43rd, 65th and 76th minutes while Rashid found the net in the 12th, 54th, 61st and 73rd minutes.

UAE's fourth hat-trick hero was Shahd Khaled Al Zarkan (pictured above), with her first coming from the penalty spot in the 17th minute followed by goals in the 37th and 74th.

Mouza Ali Almesmari scored a brace (21st, 34th) with Alanoud Khaled Alzarkan (27th), Sendya Gharid Almazrouei (80th, penalty) and Shaikha Saeed Alkaabi (90+3) completed the win for UAE.


Uzbekistan took the lead as early as the third minute with Sugdiyona Allamurodova finding the back of the net.

Shahnoza Kurbonova doubled their advantage in the 19th minute before Allamurodova scored her second four minutes later.

In the second minute of first half added time, Shahnoza Kurbonova made it 4-0 for Uzbekistan to take a hefty lead into the break.

Kurbonova scored her second on 56 minutes, while Tojinisokhon Rashidova etched her name on the score sheet six minutes later.

Guam then defended resolutely, but Uzbekistan's Shakhrizoda Zaynitdinova and Laylo Tasheva ended proceedings with goals in the 91st and 93rd minutes.

Uzbekistan will face Maldives while Guam will take on Kyrgyz Republic on Wednesday, which will also see the remaining five groups kicking off their campaigns to make the next round of the Qualifiers.


Photos: Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic