Dostonbek Khamdamov became a hero for Uzbekistan U-20 after scoring twice to beat Austria U-20 in the round of 16 encounter at Northland Events Centre Whangarei on Thursday.
The victory saw the Young White Wolves qualified for the quarterfinals for the second time after 2013 edition in Turkey while on the other side this was a shock loss for Austria, who were in favourite position to advance.
Uzbekistan shocked the European side two mintes after the break when the ball was lobbed over the top of the defence for Khamdamov, who broke the offside trap to run on to and finish.
The 18-year-old striker again was in the right position to push through a ball that ricocheted off the post following the Rustamjon Ashurmatov’s impressive effort in the 57th minute.
“I think today we deserved this result. The players showed their full potential and executed our tactics well,” said the coach Ravshan Khaydarov shortly after the match.
“After the match I told my players ‘thank you, but this is not enough’, we’ve only matched our performance from 2013. Of course we came to improve on this result and all the players know about it.
“We will work hard and I hope we can go one better and reach the semi-finals this time,” the former Pakhtakor tactician added.