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Hosts Qatar shocked in Asian Cup opener

The Uzbek players celebrate scoring their second goal in the 2-0 Asian Cup win over hosts Qatar.
The Uzbek players celebrate scoring their second goal in the 2-0 Asian Cup win over hosts Qatar.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hosts Qatar begin their Asian Cup campaign in the worst possible fashion
  • They are beaten 2-0 by Uzbekistan in their opening Group A match in Doha
  • China and Kuwait will face each other in Saturday's other Group A match
RELATED TOPICS
  • Qatar
  • Doha
  • Uzbekistan
  • FIFA

(CNN) -- Host nation Qatar began their Asian Cup campaign in the worst possible fashion, losing 2-0 to Uzbekistan in their opening Group A match in Doha.

Second-half goals from Odil Akhmedov and Server Djeparov gave Uzbekistan all three points in a match played in front of a capacity 40,000-crowd at the Khalifa Stadium.

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Both teams had good chances to open the scoring in an entertaining first 45 minutes. Alexander Geynrikh fired against the post for the visitors, while Brazilian-born Cesar curled a left-footed free-kick onto the post for the home side seven minutes before half-time.

But the deadlock was finally broken with nearly an hour played when Uzbek central defender powered home a 30-yard shot that found the net via the underside of the crossbar.

And Uzbekistan secured victory in the 72nd minute when captain Djeparov made the most of a poor Ibrahim Majed back pass to fire past goalkeeper Qasem Burhan.

Despite Qatar enjoying lost of second-half possession, Uzbekistan held on for a comfortable victory.

The other two Group A teams, China and Kuwait, will face each other in Saturday's only fixture.

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