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  • 11 November 2011
  • • 18:30
  • • Paxtakor Markaziy Stadion, Toshkent (Tashkent)
  • Referee: Andre El Haddad
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AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying Preview: Uzbekistan v North Korea

AFC 2014 World Cup Qualifying Preview: Uzbekistan v North Korea

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Chollima know that defeat could end their 2014 campaign after reaching the finals in South Africa, so they may employ a more attacking approach in Tashkent


PROBABLE LINEUPS

UZBEKISTAN

Iceland
Nesterov
Mullajonov, Karpenko, T'hodjaev, Denisov
Tursunov, Akhmedov, Haydarov
Kapadze, Djeparov
Geynrikh

NORTH KOREA


Portugal
Kim MG
Jon KI, Pak NC II, Ri KC, Cha JH
Pak NC I, An YH
Jong IG, Ryang YG, Ri CM
Jong TS


Uzbekistan coach Vadim Abramov will keep his 4-3-2-1 formation but Odil Akhmedov will not play in defence like he did in Pyongyang, when the Central Asians won 1-0. Akhmedov is likely to move into midfield, while Server Djeparov and Timur Kapadze will support Pyongyang goalscorer Alexander Geynrikh in attack. After a 10-month absence, Abramov recalled defender Sakhob Juraev and also selected new players Vitaliy Pachuyev and Aleksandr Merzlyakov.

North Korea displayed some fast counterattacking in the last meeting of the sides, but their forwards didn’t finish off the chances created.  Bochum striker Jong Tae-Se had a number of opportunities to score and he will be a goal threat again. North Korea coach Yun Jong-Su will likely opt for defensive tactics, but hope for something special from Jong, or Basel striker Pak Kwang-Ryong, with the east Asians needing a win to keep alive their remote hopes of progressing.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Prior to last month's qualifier in Pyongyang, the last time these two nations met was in a friendly in August 2008 which ended goalless.
  • Uzbekistan have had a big 2011, finishing fourth at the 2011 Asian Cup (their best ever placing) and seeing club Nasaf Qarshi win the AFC Cup.
  • The White Wolves controversially missed out on qualifying for the 2006 World Cup after the first leg of their fourth-round playoff against Bahrain saw the referee disallow an Uzbek penalty goal for encroachment as they were leading 1-0, before wrongfully awarding the West Asians an indirect free-kick for the infringement.
  • North Korea didn't concede a single goal in third round qualifying four years ago.

  • Chollima's away record in recent times is poor following defeats to Japan, China and Iraq on the road in 2011.
  • North Korea were knocked out of the 2011 Asian Cup without scoring a goal and claiming just one point.

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