There were wins for Uzbekistan, India and Afghanistan on Tuesday in international friendlies as they prepared for important qualifiers in the coming week.
Uzbekistan 2-0 Thailand
Uzbekistan warmed up for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Iran by beating Thailand 2-0 in a friendly at the Bunyodkor Stadium.
The War Elephants shaded possession and created a few good chances of their own as the scoreline remained unaltered at the break.
But the hosts eventually broke the deadlock in the 68th minute when a long ball released Eldor Shomurodov down the left channel and he crossed for Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov to slot home at the near post from six yards out.
The White Wolves sealed the win in stoppage time with a class goal from Sardor Rashidov, who collected the ball outside the area on the right after play had switched flanks and curled the ball into the left corner of the net from 19 yards out.
India 2-0 Nepal
India wrapped up their preparations for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Nepal at the Mumbai Football Arena.
Robin Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Eugenson Lyngdoh all squandered chances for the Blue Tigers in the first half, and they were almost made to pay just before the break when Nawayug Shrestha missed the target with the goal gaping following a mistake from home keeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.
But the hosts opened the scoring on the hour mark when Jeje chested Bikash Jairu's cross down for Sandesh Jhingan to volley home with his left foot from 17 yards out.
The Gorkhalis suffered a setback eight minutes later when their captain, Bimal Maharjan, was dismissed for a poor challenge on Jairu, and the Indians capitalised on the extra man to double their advantage on 78 minutes.
Mohammed Rafique intercepted a pass in midfield and surged down the right channel before sending in a low cross was turned in by Jeje from 10 yards out.
Afghanistan 2-1 Maldives
Afghanistan head into their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier with Cambodia in positive spirits after recording a 2-1 win over Maldives at Dubai Sports City Football Academy.
The Lions of Khurasan took the lead in the 38th minute when Hassan Amin latched onto a mis-hit shot from a team-mate to score from a tight angle on the left.
But they were pegged back just three minutes later as Ashadh Ali equalised for the Red Snappers to go into the half-time interval tied at 1-1.
The hosts would go back in front 17 minutes into the second half when Omid Popalzay converted a cross from the left after his team-mate failed to connect at the near post, with the visitors unable to find another reply for the remainder of the match.