Asadbek Sobirjonovs second-half winner ensured Uzbekistan registered their second consecutive win at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Yemen in a Group D match on Tuesday.
A goalless first half at GMC Stadium saw Uzbekistan start the brighter but Yemen end strongly, before Sobirjonov finally opened the scoring midway through the second half.
Yemen almost equalised in the final 10 minutes when substitute Ahmed Maher headed against the woodwork but Uzbekistan survived and will now win Group D if they defeat North Korea on Friday.
“I liked the performance of Yemen today. We have faced them before and won 5-2, but today they showed a totally different side and have made progress. Even so, we were able to win,” Uzberkistan coach Timur Alimkhodjayev said.