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Tajikistan defeat Syria 2-0 in Hero Intercontinental Cup

Hero Intercontinental Cup

Tajikistan romped on to a 2-0 win over Syria in the Hero Intercontinental Cup at the EKA Arena today (July 10, 2019) in Ahmedabad.

Strikes in the second half by Barotov and Komron provided Tajikistan with a perfect start to their Hero Intercontinental Cup campaign keep a cent percent win record of two wins in two matches.

However, it was Syria who were left reeling after they created a couple of clear goal scoring chances in the first half. A strike from distance rattled the woodwork and that was closely followed by a thunderous header which was saved heroicly by the Tajikistan custodian. Despite their attacking domination in the first half, Syria did not have anything to show for as the half-time scoreline read 0-0.

Changing over, Komron scored a peach of a goal in the 46th minute when he knocked the ball upfront and took a shot from 30yard to send it directly into the left top corner, beating the Syrian custodian to give Tajikistan the lead.

In the 67th minute, Barotov doubled Tajikistan’s lead as he tapped home from close range to give them some breathing space. Syria tried to minimize the deficit but could not amount to clear goal scoring chances as the full-time scoreline read 2-0 in Tajikistan’s favour.

(AIFF Media)