Uzbekistan stun England to reach last eight
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Uzbekistan captain Lazizbek Mirzaev's stunning free-kick earned his team a sensational FIFA U-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023 victory over England in their Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.
The 2-1 win means the Central Asian side will face France or Senegal in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Uzbekistan tore out of the blocks and their fast start was rewarded with the opener on four minutes.
England No.1 Tommy Setford did well to keep out Mirzaev’s shot, but the ball ballooned up in the air and Amirbek Saidov was on hand to nod in his fourth goal of the tournament.
The young Lions were shell-shocked but eventually found their attacking groove and drew level when the electric Joel Ndala raced through and clinically fired into the bottom corner in the 35th minute.
England gained a degree of control of the game from that point, bossing possession and sustaining attacks, but Uzbekistan continued to carry a threat every time they entered the final third.
Indeed, it was no surprise when they moved in front again midway through the second half, with captain Mirzaev curling home a sumptuous free-kick from 20 yards.
The young Lions came close to levelling in equally spectacular fashion when Ndala’s fabulous long-range effort struck the post.
England continued to fight hard in search of a leveller but Uzbekistan held firm to secure a famous victory.