Pakhtakor contingent will be raring to take on IR Iran, says Uzbekistan’s Abramov
Tashkent: It may only be a friendly, but Vadim Abramov believes the Pakhtakor players in his Uzbekistan squad will be determined to defeat Islamic Republic of Iran when the two teams meet in an international friendly on Thursday.
The Uzbekistan squad features 11 players from Pakhtakor, the Tashkent club which exited the 2020 AFC Champions League after a 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Iranian champions Persepolis FC in Qatar last week.
Persepolis, who later went on to qualify for December’s continental final by beating Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, have supplied five players in the Iranian travelling party, which arrived in Tashkent on Tuesday night.
AFC Champions League – Semi-final (West): What They Said
Doha: The semi-final of the AFC Champions League (West) concluded this week as the identity of one of the 2020 finalists was revealed: Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis FC.
A dramatic penalty shootout victory, following a 1-1 draw over the 120 minutes of play, saw Persepolis defeat Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr to progress to their second AFC Champions League final in three years. Here's how those involved reflected on the action.
Teams, players raring to go as I-League Qualifier gets set for kickoff
Kolkata: With India's I-League 2020-21 Qualifier set to kick off on Thursday, the five teams in the fray for the single available slot are putting in the final touches.
The I-League Qualifier - the first sporting event in India since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic - will feature ARA FC from Gujarat, Kolkata's Bhawanipore FC, Garhwal FC of New Delhi, FC Bengaluru United of Bengaluru and Kolkata's Mohammedan SC.
The five teams set up base in the centralised venue of Kolkata several days ago as part of the safety measures require those involved to undergo a four-day isolation period.
Nagatomo withdraws from squad for Japan friendlies
Tokyo: Yuto Nagatomo has pulled out of Japan’s friendly matches in the Netherlands due to “poor condition”, the Japan Football Association announced ahead of the meetings with Cameroon and Ivory Coast.
The Olympique Marseille wing-back joins fellow veteran Shinji Okazaki in withdrawing from the squad after the Spain-based forward pulled out as a result of injury.
No replacements for either player have been named by head coach Hajime Moriyasu, who has selected a line-up comprised solely of Europe-based players for the matches.