Central and South Asia Wrap: Navbahor climb to the summit, Club Valencia and Mohammedan finish with a flourish
Tashkent: Asadbek Sobirjonov’s first-half strike against FC Nasaf steered PFC Navbahor Namangan to reclaim top spot in the Uzbekistan Pro League, while Pakhtakor FC dropped to second following a 2-2 draw with PFC Sogdiana.
In Maldives, Club Valencia signed off on a positive note defeating United Victory 4-1 to claim third place.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan SC finished fifth in the Bangladesh Premier League after scoring seven unanswered goals against Rahmatgonj MFS.
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Preview – Qualifiers Group C: Sri Lanka v Thailand; Maldives v Uzbekistan
Namangan: Sri Lanka and Maldives have their work cut out for them when they take on Thailand and Uzbekistan respectively in Group C’s Matchday Two of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round on Saturday.
Both sides suffered 3-0 defeats on Matchday One and have to bounce back if they are to keep their hopes alive.
Thailand, Uzbekistan seek improvements despite good starts
Namangan: Thailand and Uzbekistan are both thinking ahead after notching impressive wins in their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group C campaigns on Wednesday.
Thailand defeated Maldives 3-0 with hosts Uzbekistan also winning with a similar margin at the Markaziy Stadium.
Ahead of their meeting on Matchday Three, Thailand will have to navigate past Sri Lanka on Saturday while Uzbekistan face Maldives, with a win for either side boosting their chances of advancing into the Continental showpiece.
Qualifiers Final Round - Group C: Thailand 3-0 Maldives
Namangan: Thailand were at their best as they opened their AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round Group C campaign with a classy 3-0 win over Maldives at the Markaziy Stadium in Namangan on Wednesday.
The win was just what Thailand needed with matches against Sri Lanka and hosts Uzbekistan to come, with only top spot guaranteed an automatic berth in the Finals.
Preview - Group C: Uzbekistan v Sri Lanka; Thailand v Maldives
Namangan: Group C of the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 Qualifiers Final Round promises to be a thrilling affair with perennial qualifiers Uzbekistan and Thailand aiming to advance while Sri Lanka and Maldives will be bidding for debut appearances.
Thailand and Maldives will kick off the Group C action at the Markaziy Stadium in Namangan, before hosts Uzbekistan play Sri Lanka.