Han Peng and Wang Dong netted two goals apiece as China kicked off their AFC Asian Cup 2007 campaign in style with a 5-1 trouncing of Malaysia at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Wednesday.
Three times Asian Cup champions, Iran are confident of securing three points from their first Group C match against Uzbekistan at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here, tomorrow evening.
Uzbekistan will be missing Maksim Shatskikh and Asror Alikulov when they begin their Asian Cup campaign against Group C favourites Iran tonight.
Youngster Aziz Haydarov delivered a cheeky message to Uzbekistan’s opening Asian Cup opponents today: "Iran go home." Haydarov scribbled the words on a piece of paper and held it up for media ahead of Uzbekistan’s Group C opener against the regional giants.
Iran coach Amir Ghalenoei believes that his side have acclimatised well to the humid conditions of South East Asia and are ready to begin their quest to regain the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 1976.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev has played down the absence of suspended striker Maksim Shatskikh for his side’s opening Group C match at the AFC Asian Cup 2007 with group favourites Iran on Wednesday.
Iran coach Amir Ghalenoei is banking on his squad’s well-honed fitness and attacking prowess to seal a victory over dark horse Uzbekistan in their opening Asian Cup match Wednesday.
An ambitious Uzbekistan will threaten Iran, one of the tournament favorites, when the two sides meet at their first group match Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.