Australia v Uzbekistan: History on Socceroos’ side

first_imgHistory is well and truly on the Socceroos’ side ahead of their Asian Cup Round of 16 clash against Uzbekistan at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium – which kicks off on January 22 at 1am (AEDT). Australia have won each of their three games against Uzbekistan without conceding a goal and their last meeting saw the Socceroos triumph 6-0 at the 2011 Asian Cup.A lot has changed since then however with the White Wolves ranked as high as 43rd in the world in 2016 and they look more than capable of asking some serious questions of the green and gold.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Australia vs Uzbekistan Date Tuesday, January 22 AEDT Time 1.00am AEDT / 6.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Kayo – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Foxtel Play/Kayo/My Football Live  Squads & Team News   Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo, Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis After missing Australia’s final group game against Syria through suspension, Trent Sainsbury will return to the Socceroos starting side with Massimo Luongo shaping as the man to be pushed back onto the bench. That looms as the likely only change for the green and gold with Mathew Leckie nearing fitness but unlikely to be risked from the start.Josh Risdon is also fit again but will struggle to dislodge Rhyan Grant, while Andrew Nabbout remains out injured with Jamie Maclaren set to lead the line for a fourth game running.Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan; Behich, Degenek, Sainsbury, Grant; Milligan, Irvine; Ikonomidis, Rogic, Mabil; Maclaren. Position Uzbekistan players Goalkeepers Nesterov, Yusupov, Quvvatov Defenders Krimets, Ismoilov, Tursunov, Tukhtahodjaev, Zoteev, Sayfiev, Shorahmedov, Hoshimov Midfielders Hamrobekov, Ahmedov, Shukurov, Musaev, Masharipov, Turgunbaev, Hamdamov, Sidikov, Alibaev, Shomurodev Forwards Bikmaev, Rashidov  Uzbekistan coach Hector Cuper made a number of notable omissions from his Asian Cup squad before the tournament leaving out influential trio Igor Sergeev, Javohir Ilyasov and Dilshod Rakhmatullaev.He also opted to include just two out-and-out strikers in the form of Marat Bikmaev and Sardor Rashidov. Eldor Shomurodov, who plays club football in Russia for FC Rostov, has been Uzbekistan’s star performer so far in the UAE bagging four goals across his first three games.  Uzbekistan predicted XI: Nesterov; Khashimov, Tukhtahodjaev, Krimets, Sayfiyev; Shukurov, Musayev, Sidikov; Khamdamov, Shomurodev, Alibaev.  Betting & Match Odds Australia enter this match as $1.66 favourites with Uzbekistan valued at $5 of claiming a surprise win.Jamie Maclaren is the best backed to open the scoring at odds of $5 and is going at odds of  $2.40 to score anytime.Uzbekistan attacker Eldor Shomurodov has scored four times at the Asian Cup is good value at $4.75 to score at any point.All odds courtesy of Bet365  and correct at the time of publishing.  Match Preview Chris Ikonomidis SocceroosThe Socceroos’ route to the knockout stages was a lot bumpier than many expected after an early loss to Jordan left them with little room for error.A convincing 3-0 win over Palestine was followed up with a shaky 3-2 victory against Syria – results that sealed second spot in Group B and this clash with Uzbekistan.The White Wolves on the other hand won their first two games in the UAE, before letting a lead slip in a 2-1 loss against Japan to surrender top spot in Group F.Uzbekistan had a difficult 2018 having surging up to 43rd in the world in 2016 but look close to being back on track under coach Hector Cuper.Shomurodov will be the danger man for Uzbekistan and already has four goals to his name.For the Socceroos, young duo Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis are the ones to watch as they look to fire Australia to the quarter-finals.On paper, the green and gold should be able to get the job done in Al Ain, but recent form suggests Uzbekistan won’t go down without a fight.last_img read more

UNESCO welcomes reopening of Iraqs National Museum in Baghdad

Established in 1926, the Baghdad Museum dedicated to documenting and interpreting the history of Iraq and its environs, through its collections comprising objects covering the past 7,000 years, according to the UNESCO. “It has a tremendous significance as a response to the deliberate destruction of the country’s other priceless pieces conserved in the Mosul Museum and those in the region of Nineveh, by confirming the will of the Iraqi Government and support of the international community to highlight this iconic Museum as a defense against intolerance, ignorance and violence perpetrated on the testaments of a nation’s historical past, intercultural exchange and cultural diversity,” UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said.The opening of the museum in Baghdad came as the UN Security Council over the weekend denounced the “deliberate destruction of irreplaceable religious and cultural artefacts” housed in Mosul Museum in a statement that strongly condemned the “ongoing barbaric terrorist acts” committed by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Objects in the collection of the National Museum represent Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian and Islamic cultures, including in various media – including glass, pottery, metal, ivory, and parchment, according to UNESCO.Having sustained extensive damage during the Gulf War of 1990- 1991, the museum was closed until April 2000, UNESCO said in a press release. The armed conflict in March 2003 and the subsequent looting of the National Museum in April led to the loss of many of its objects from its collections.UNESCO said he Museum management staff has estimated the number of looted items to be at approximately 15,000, including 5,000 valuable cylinder seals. According to the National Museum, 4,300 objects out of the 15,000 looted from the Museum have been returned. Since its closing, the Iraqi authorities and UNESCO have endeavoured to coordinate international assistance to revive the National Museum, with Member States, expert communities and partners. “Thanks to funding from Japan and Italy, the museum laboratory was restored and specialized training for staff provided,” UNESCO said.Among the major artefacts are the Sumerian sacred vase and the masque of Warka (4th millennium BCE), the head of an Akkadian ruler from Nineveh (ca.2250-2200 BCE), an Assyrian cuneiform slab from Nimrud (first half of 1st millennium BCE), a Babylonian terracotta lion (19-18th century BCE), and a stucco panel from Samarra (9th century CE). read more