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.
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.
Former Uzbekistan midfield general Mirdjalal Kasimov has found out that his current role as an assistant coach for the Uzbek national senior and U-23 teams does have its constraints.
Iran defender Rahman Rezaei has downplayed his side’s position as Group C favourites at the AFC Asian Cup 2007, but still insists that this year’s team is stronger than the one that finished third three years ago.
Qatar earned a share of the spoils with defending champions Japan when Sebastian Quintana scored with just two minutes remaining to hand the Asian Games gold medallists a 1-1 draw at My Dinh Stadium on Monday evening
China’s Asian Cup campaign has suffered a blow after experienced striker Qu Bo was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, local media reported.
Oman were denied the first shock of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 when substitute Tim Cahill scored an injury-time equaliser as pre-tournament favourites Australia drew 1-1 with the Gulf Sultanate at the Rajamangala Stadium on Sunday.