The match between Uzbekistan and England took place at Jakarta International Stadium on Wednesday (22/11/2023). Uzbekistan took an early lead just four minutes into the game with a header from Amirbek Saidov, putting them 1-0 ahead.
Trailing, England intensified their efforts to equalize, and their persistence paid off in the 35th minute. Joel Ndala broke free from the offside trap and calmly slotted the ball past Mukhamadyusuf Sabirov, leveling the score at 1-1.
England nearly took the lead in the 39th minute when Matty Warhurst skillfully controlled a cross in front of the goal. However, his shot was successfully blocked by Sobirov.
The first half concluded with a 1-1 score, showcasing England’s dominance in the latter part despite their inability to secure an additional goal.
The second half saw both teams engaging in exciting exchanges, with attacks launched from both sides. In the 67th minute, Lazizbek Mirzaev’s free-kick found the back of Tommy Setford’s net, giving Uzbekistan a 2-1 lead.
Despite England’s continued offensive efforts, Sobirov’s goalkeeping prowess denied them the equalizer. He made crucial saves against shots from Justin Oboavwoduo and Tyler Dibling.
Uzbekistan’s victory secures their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2023 U-17 World Cup, while England exits the tournament.
Uzbekistan : Mukhamadyusuf Sobirov, Ozodbek Uktamov, Bekhruz Jumatov, Dilshod Abdulaev, Azizbek Tulkunbekov, Lazizbek Mirzaev, Mukhammedali Reimov, Bekhruz Shukurullaev, Amirbek.
England : Tommy Setford, Josh Acheampong, Jayden Menghoma, Lakyle Samuel, Ishe Samuel-Smith, Sam Amo-Ameyaw, Reiss-Alexander Russel-Denny, Myles Lewis-Skelly, Chis Rigg, Joel Ndala, Matty Warhurst