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AHF Junior Asia Cup

Bangladesh beat Uzbekistan 3-1

Bangladesh shook off a 5-1 loss to Malaysia in their previous match, returning to winning ways in the AHF Junior Asia Cup with an easy 3-1 triumph over Uzbekistan in a Pool B encounter in Salalah on Friday.

The win means Bangladesh, who started the campaign with a 2-0 win over hosts Oman, can still qualify for the semifinals. They have six points, as many as leaders South Korea and second-placed Malaysia, but both sides are ahead by virtue of goal difference and also have a game in hand.

Bangladesh will be hoping to reduce arrears in their fourth and final pool match against South Korea on Sunday and are determined to realise their target of reaching the semifinals and securing a place in the FIH Junior World Cup.

Bangladesh took the lead in the final minute of the first quarter as Amirul Islam converted following a penalty corner. He then doubled the lead in the 22nd minute from another penalty corner before Mohammad Uddin made it 3-0 in the 34th minute from open play.

Bangladesh earned eight penalty corners in the third and fourth quarters but could not convert and instead conceded in the 51st minute as Fazilbek Husanov struck from open play.