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TFA White lose to Uzbekistan

September 19, 2003 22:27 IST

Uzbekistan stormed into the final ofthe four-nation JRD Tata Cup Under-19 InternationalFootball tournament, beatingIndia TFA White 2-0at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Friday.

In a dramatic match,the Indians suffereda jolt in the seventh minute,when Thai referee Phaengsupha sent off the team's leading player,Malsawma.

Uzbekistan too had midfielder Abdumajid Yulchiev sent off along with the Indian for offensive conduct. Thus, bothteams were reduced to ten players.

After today's victory, the Uzbeks haveeight points from four matches while TFA Whitehave seven, also from four matches.

The chances of coach Stephen Constantine's team qualifyingfor thefinal are now slim and will depend on a number of ifs and buts.

Much will depend on theoutcome of Saturday'smatch between India TFA Blue and Iran. If the Blue team manages to pull off a draw against Iran, then the TFA White will go through to the final.

The Indianslooked handicapped today without the services of their midfield livewire, Malsawmma. However, another midfielder and TFA cadet Jerry Zirsanga did well tofillthe void.He overlapped onthe right flank frequently and in the 15th minute essayeda powerful shotwhich went over thebar. He created another chance butdefender Debabrata Roy failed to connecthispassin front of theUzbek goal.

But the Uzbeks scored from acounter-attack in the 29th minute. Midfielder Sobir Usmankhoajaev lobbedthe ball from the left flankto Abbos Abdullayev, who found the net, givinggoalkeeper Subrata Paulno chance - (1-0).

Followingthe goal, Uzbekistan dominated the proceedings.They could have taken a 2-0 lead at the breatherhad medio Sadriddin Abulayev's shot not hitthe post afterPaul was beaten.

Substitute striker Shakhboz Umarov made it 2-0 in the 74th minute, collecting a pass fromAbdullayev and dribbling past the advancing 'keeper before scoring.

CoachConstantine criticised the Thai referee for showing the red card to his key playerand said, "It was absolutely a harsh and terrible decision. Malsawmma is our game maker and a key player. We felt his absence badly."

He said Uzbekistan weretechnicallymuch betterthan the Indians.

"This was a wake-up call for us; we havea lot of work to do," he said, adding"some of the decisions also went against us."

Asked about his team's chances of making the final,Constantine said, with a smile, "Football is a funny game; anything can happen."

Uzbekistan captain Akuai Shorakhmedov justified the red card to Yulchiev and said his teamplayedbetter footballthan they had againstBangladeshas the conditions wereconducive for them.

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