Rodrigo scored twice as Al Hilal moved within touching distance of a place in the last eight of the AFC Champions League with a 2-0 win against Pakhtakor at King Fahad International Stadium on Wednesday.
Group C leaders Neftchi enter Wednesday’s match against Al Sadd without either of their first-choice strikers but coach Yuri Sarkisyan believes that his team have enough firepower to down the Qatari side and cement their place at the top of the group.
Al Hilal have received a lift ahead of their crucial Group B showdown against Pakhtakor with Yasser Al Qahtani, Mohammed Al Shlhoub and Tareq El Taib back in training after recovering from injuries.
Uzbekistan U-15 claimed a trophy in international football tournament in Ukraine, which was attended by ten teams from Ukraine, Russia and Uzbekistan.
Neftchi continued their fine unbeaten run in the Uzbekistan League with a 2-1 win over Metallurg in the sixth round recently.
Uzbekistan finished the third in the Fed Cup zonal qualification women’s team tennis tournament after beating India 3-0 in the play-offs on Saturday.
Japan, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia posted wins on Match Day 4 of the second round qualifying for the Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008 on Wednesday and secured their berths in the final round which will kick off in August.
Korea Republic have slipped out of the top-50 in the latest FIFA World Ranking for the month of April released on Wednesday.