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British Ambassador congratulates Uzbekistan on football win

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Her Majesty’s Ambassador, George Edgar OBE, attended Uzbekistan’s 1-0 victory over Lebanon in the new Bunyodkor stadium in Tashkent on 26 March

This was the first international game to be held at Bunyodkor, and was attended by around 30,000 people. The Uzbek team beat Lebanon 1-0 to bring them top of their qualifying group and one step closer to qualification for the World Cup in 2014. The attractive stadium was packed with fans roaring their team to success and Uzbekistan flags flew throughout the game. Team captain Server Djeparov - Best Asian Football Player of 2012 - scored the decisive goal in the 63rd minute of the game.

Commenting after the match, HM Ambassador said ‘I heartily congratulate Uzbekistan on its victory, and on the conduct of the match: it was played in good spirit in this excellent new facility. I look forward to Uzbekistan finishing top of their group and qualifying for their first ever appearance at a World Cup. I will be supporting them all the way’.

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