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FIFA U17 World Cup: Lazizbek Mirzaev’s second half free kick eliminates England in round of 16

England 1 – 2 Uzbekistan

Lazizbek Mirzaev of Uzbekistan (C) celebrates his goal with his teammates during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Round of 16 match between England and Uzbekistan [Credit: Eurasia Sport Images]

Jakarta, Indonesia – England’s journey in the FIFA U17 World Cup came to an end as Lazizbek Mirzaev’s 67th-minute free-kick secured a victory for Uzbekistan in the round of 16.

Despite Joel Ndala’s first-half equalizer and several opportunities to take the lead, the Young Lions were unable to secure a win in Jakarta.

England finished their group stage with a 2-1 loss against Brazil but managed to top the group, earning qualification for the knockout stage.

Uzbekistan secured the third spot in Group B with a crucial 3-0 win over Canada, followed by a 2-2 draw with Spain.

Uzbekistan started strongly, taking the lead in the opening four minutes as Mirzaev’s attempt was parried, and Amirbek Saidov nodded in the rebound from close range.

In the 20th minute, Jayden Meghoma’s powerful strike from distance was tipped over the bar by Uzbekistan goalkeeper Muhammadyusuf Sobirov.

After 35 minutes, Chris Rigg set up Joel Ndala, who finished into the far corner, drawing England level.

Five minutes later, Matty Warhurst had a chance to double the lead, but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

The tempo slowed in the early stages of the second half, with Uzbekistan adopting a defensive stance. Just after the hour mark, Sam Amo-Ameyaw’s strike was saved by Sobirov as England sought an advantage.

Uzbekistan regained the lead with Mirzaev’s free-kick into the top corner.

With 15 minutes to go, Ndala’s powerful shot hit the crossbar, and England remained behind.

Finley Mcallister of England reacts after been defeated by Uzbekistan during the FIFA U-17 World Cup [Credit: Eurasia Sport Images]

In stoppage time, Ndala delivered a dangerous ball into the box, but England couldn’t find the crucial touch.

Uzbekistan’s head coach, Jamolidden Rakhmatullaev, was sent off in the 100th minute after kicking the ball away during a throw-in attempt by Meghoma.

The result meant England bowed out of the tournament in the round of 16, while Uzbekistan progresses to the quarterfinals, where they will face either France or Senegal.

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