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Syria beat Kyrgyzstan 2-0
New Delhi, Aug 20 (Agencies):
Published on 20 Aug. 2009 11:40 PM IST
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A goal in each half sealed Syria’s fate as they beat ten-man Kyrgyzstan in their Nehru Cup opening fixture on the second day of the five nation tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi. The script in the first session between Kyrgyzstan and Syria went as expected as it was the former side who had the better share of possession and shots on goal. Kyrgyzstan started with a 4-4-2 formation but soon changed it to 5-4-1 as the game progressed. Meanwhile, the Syrians had a similar strategy with Fatah Alaga and Mohammed Al Zino. A clearance from Syria opened the Kyrgyzstan defence as Alaga ran into the box unchallenged and his right footed shot came off the legs of goalkeeper Matiash Pavel for a corner. It didn’t take long for the West Asians to find a breakthrough as a pinpoint cross by Moutaz Kaldini was ably headed by Al Zino in the ninth minute. The highest ranked nation in the five nation tournament gained control of the proceedings as they swiftly played their passing game. Al Dyab had a free header inside the box while Al Zino had another shy on goal. Kyrgyzstan did string a few good passes but were often undone by the physical prowess of Syria, which was better seen in their attack as their players would run inside the opposition’s box literally unchallenged. The best chance for Kyrgyzstan came mid-way through the first session as Murzaev Mirlan was almost through but was crowded inside the box by Feras Ismail and Ali Dyab. Abdelrassaq and Ahmad Haj often initiated moves from the middle with the former unleashing a couple of long rangers.

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