Made a decent stop to deny Shatskikh early on but looked very uneasy and one mistake should have cost his side a goal. Can't be faulted for either goal though and he did make one fine stop from Khasanov.
Alongside his more accomplished partner, he struggled greatly with the movement of Geynrikh and was frequently caught out of position.
The stand-in skipper stood out as a stellar performer when many around him struggled. He was authoritative in the air and made several timely interceptions with his head to deny Geynrikh the joy his performance deserved.
Ibrahim Al Ghanim
Was repeatedly left for dead down his side with the pace of the likes of Shatskikh and Geynrikh when they occupied wide areas. His game didn't get any better once Tursunov came on either.
Was frequently caught out of position as Khasanov had the freedom of the left-hand side in the first-half because he pushed too far forward. Pulled it back a little but still was given a torrid time overall by Khasanov.
Looked strong in the challenge but his positional sense was very poor as the midfield did not co-ordinate themselves with the defence. Never imposed himself in midfield and needs to improve against China.
Missed an early chance with a back post header from which he should have done better. Was largely anonymous thereafter and made way with a quarter of an hour to go.
Put some quality crosses into the box from the left-hand side but the diminutive midfielder never truly gained a foothold in the game and was unfortunately a peripheral figure.
Fared better than Lawrence and looked quite tidy on occasions making some good interceptions and tracking back to help out the hapless Hamid Ismail.
Jarallah Al Marri
Didn't last the course and wasn't a consistent enough goal threat but he did make some lively runs in behind the defence only to be denied by some good recovery work from the Uzbek rearguard.
Qatar's premier attacker failed to get on the scoresheet but it was not for a lack of trying as those around him failed to provide him with adequate service. Ran himself into the ground and did brilliantly to win the ball off Nesterov, which almost led to a goal for his adopted nation.
Had little to do in the first-half but made one good take from a long bouncing ball forward. However, was surprisingly beaten to a high ball by Soria and it almost cost his side a goal.
Did well to diminish the threat of Soria before the break but the Uruguayan pressured him into a poor clearance just after the resumption.
Was commanding in the air. Did commit a rather silly foul, which led to Fabio Cesar's free-kick that hit the post but also kept his cool on the stroke of half-time to calmly pass the ball back to the 'keeper and prevent a real chance for Qatar. Forced off in the second-half after being injured making a vital clearance for his side.
Rarely troubled at right-back until the introduction of Al Sayed who posed some uncomfortable problems with his pace and trickery.
A classy presence in the middle of the park, he started brightly and oozed quality with his passing game. He deserved his goal, which capped an excellent performance and his strike showed alertness as well as a cool head and ability to finish with confidence.
The iron-man was energetic in the middle of the park and was generally accurate with his passing, as well as bearing the brunt of some strong Qatari challenges.
Good early challenge when Soria had a sight of goal and was solid in midfield, doing a good job of protecting his back four. Also laid off the ball, which led to Ahmedov's brilliant opener.
J. O. Hasanov
Brilliant in the first-half - the tricky left-winger showed a good turn of pace and exploited the space left for him by Ismail. He was his side's best player and at the heart of the majority of their incisive attacking moves.
Lit up the tournament's opening game with a quite stunning strike into the top corner. Also proved to be dependable in his defensive duties putting in timely challenges when necessary.
Was terrific as the lone striker - his movement confounded the centre-backs and his pace enabled to him to breach the offside trap. Unlucky not to score when his shot hit the post but on this showing could be one of the players of the tournament.
The most well-known player in the Uzbek line-up was operating in an unfamiliar wide role but remained an attacking threat, linking up well with Geynrikh. Had a couple of chances - one saved in the first-half and a volley wide from a tight angle but nonetheless an encouraging start to the tournament.
- 22 Saad Al Sheeb
- 21 Mohammed Mubarak
- 8 Mesaad Ali Al Hamad
- 3 Mohammed Kasola
Came off the bench after being a slightly surprising omission and immediately lifted his side with his energy and fearless willingness to run at white shirts. However, a huge black mark goes against his name for a brainless ball across defence from which Djeparov scored.
- 19 Khalid Muftah
- 17 Abdul Aziz Al Sulaity
- 15 Talal Al Bloushi
The skipper came on towards the end to try and inspire a comeback from his charges. Lifted his side and had one decent effort on goal as well as a shot blocked.
- 5 Hassan Khalid
- 20 Ali Hassan Afif
Came on in the second-half as Bruno Metsu tried to shake things up. Made one very enterprising run down the left-hand side let on and looked better on that side of the pitch. Made an almost compelling case to start in the next game.
- 21 M. Zukhurov
- 1 T. Juraev
Came on in the second-half for Juraev and did not put a foot wrong.
- 3 S. Mulladjanov
- F. Nurliboev
Replaced the lively Khasanov in the second-half and played down the right. Spurned a golden chance when he raced clear and chose not to go across the goalkeeper. Still, his impact ensured Uzbekistan maintained a threat in wide areas throughout the ninety minutes.
- 23 V. Galiulin
- 11 M. Bikmaev
- 2 U. Bakayev
- 10 S. Salomov