The Syrian national team tied with its Uzbek counterpart, today, Saturday, in the first round of the second group competitions of the Asian Football Cup in Qatar.
At Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, the match was equal between two teams that relied on high physical fitness, and despite the hit and run, neither of them was able to create good scoring opportunities, and all the attempts were from long distances and were reckless, including Ibrahim Hisar’s ball that went close to the Uzbek goal.
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The Uzbek national team started the second half strongly, and one of the most beautiful attacks in the match reached the ball inside the area to Otbek Shukurov, who shot it wonderfully with his left hand and touched the left post (50).
In light of the decline in the Syrian team's fitness, control fell to Uzbekistan, but it did not succeed in translating this control into goals.
Argentine coach Hector Cuper, Syria's coach, decided to bring in veteran striker Bakhribin in the middle of the second half instead of Sabbagh to give vitality to the front line, but that did not change the result.
Syria and Uzbekistan scored one point in the group, which Australia leads with 3 points, while India is at the bottom with no points.
The Syrian and Uzbek teams met once in the Asian finals, and Syria won 2-1 in the UAE version in 1996.