- Outsiders take down African champions Cameroon
- Sturdy defence and fast counters the name of the game to their luck
- “Wonder? No longer within the slightest!”
Twelve years in the past Tajikistan took section of their first, and up till this 12 months, most effective FIFA U-17 Global Cup™. In 2007 in Korea Republic, they secured a 4-Three win over USA of their opening fit, and regardless of two 1-Zero defeats after that by way of Belgium and Tunisia, they nonetheless controlled to create historical past by way of making it into the Spherical of 16 as one of the crucial perfect third-placed groups.
Historical past is also in line to copy itself right here in Brazil, with the Asian group opening their Crew E marketing campaign with a surprise 1-Zero win over African champions Cameroon. “A wonder? No longer within the slightest,” trainer Zainidin Rahimov instructed FIFA.com. “We already confirmed what we had been able to in opposition to the massive groups within the qualifiers, so we knew that we stood a possibility right here.”
Certainly, Tajikistan noticed off first Korea DPR then Korea Republic within the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship respectively, each instances on consequences. By means of the tip of the match, that they had scored six targets in as many suits and completed 2d most effective to Japan.
This minimalist development turns out set to proceed, with a unmarried function from the penalty spot sufficient to look off their African combatants. “I’m very happy with my function,” mentioned Sharifbek Rahmatov who transformed the spot-kick. “After all I used to be somewhat worried earlier than taking it, however I targeted at the ball after which simply hit it. It went in, and the celebrations began.”
The function was once arrange by way of a protracted clearance from goalkeeper Shohrukh Qirghizboev, who slightly unusually changed the shoot-out hero from the qualifiers Mukhriddin Khasanov in function. Amadoni Kamolov and Rustam Soirov, either one of whom have been introduced on as substitutes, performed a one-two and the one manner the Cameroon keeper Manfred Ekoi may forestall them was once illegally.
“Kamolov and Rustam are necessary gamers for us who may simply be a part of the beginning line-up,” the trainer defined, “nevertheless it’s clearly nice that we will be able to have gamers like that at the bench who can come on right through the fit.”
Tajikistan idea that they had scored a 2d function that was once standard in their counter-attacking taste, with a protracted ball despatched up entrance, a dash, a dribble and a shot that discovered the again of the online. Sadly for them, it was once dominated out by way of the video assistant referee for a nasty.
“It was once a disgrace as that may have actually helped us. Cameroon had been sturdy and had numerous probabilities to equalise. A 2d function would were excellent,” the trainer persevered. They had been additionally diminished to 10 males for the remaining part an hour after Shuhrat Elmurodov picked up a 2d yellow card, which means the outcome was once doubtful proper as much as the tip.
Within the 8th minute of time added on, the Lions had one remaining assault however Qirghizboev was once equivalent to it, pulling off a save that ushered within the ultimate whistle and the following outpouring of pleasure, as Rahmatov and his team-mates hugged one some other, fell to the bottom and celebrated an enormous win over the African heavyweights. “These days we have fun the win,” mentioned Rahimov, “the next day to come we focal point at the subsequent fit.”
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