Uzbekistan cruised through to the Asian Cup knockout stages on Sunday, moving top of Group F with an impressive 4-0 win over Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan coach Yazguly Hojageldyev had urged his side to cut out the mistakes following their 3-2 loss to Japan, yet his message seemingly fell on deaf ears as Uzbekistan ran riot in the first half. Javokhir Sidikov got the rout started after 17 minutes by sliding in to convert Dostonbek Khamdamov’s cut-back cross, with Eldor Shomurodov doubling the lead soon after. 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? And perhaps spurred on by Qatar’s 6-0 thrashing of North Korea in Group E earlier in the day, Uzbekistan wrapped up the game with two goals in as many minutes before the interval. Jaloliddin Masharipov expertly drilled home a loose ball to make it 3-0 before Shomurodov coolly rounded Turkmenistan’s goalkeeper to grab his second of the game in the 42nd minute.HALF-TIME:17′ Javokhir Sidikov24′ Eldor Shomurodov40′ Jaloliddin Masharipov42′ Eldor ShomurodovTurkmenistan 0-4 UzbekistanThe White Wolves bag the biggest first half result of the #AsianCup2019 so far! pic.twitter.com/jlUvNWraI2— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 13, 2019Otabek Shukurov almost added another with a venomous long-range effort midway through the second half, but the upright sparred Turkmenistan further humiliation. With progression into the last 16 secured, Uzbekistan’s focus will now switch to their final group game against Japan, who have also already qualified, with top spot in the group up for grabs. As for Turkmenistan, they must beat Oman – who are also yet to pick up a point in this year’s tournament – to stand a chance of going through as one of the best third-placed teams.
A passion for student advocacy has earned a Nova Scotia youth the opportunity to share his views with the world. Ty Walsh will represent Canada at a youth forum during the 16th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers from Dec. 11 to 14, in Cape Town, South Africa. “We are honoured that a Nova Scotia student has been chosen to attend this conference,” said Karen Casey, minister responsible for the Youth Secretariat Act. “Mr. Walsh will make a valuable contribution to the conference, and I congratulate him on earning this opportunity.” Mr. Walsh will attend the Commonwealth Education Youth Forum with delegates from 53 Commonwealth countries. The forum engages youth representatives, ages 16 to 23, from across the Commonwealth to debate education-related issues. Mr. Walsh is a member of the Youth Advisory Council, has been a member and co-chair of the Provincial Student Education Council for two years, and was president of the Nova Scotia Secondary Schools Students Association. “I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to represent Canadian youth at this conference,” said Mr. Walsh. “I look forward to exchanging information and ideas with the other representatives to enhance the education system.” The Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers is a forum for ministers, teachers, youth, and education stakeholders to meet and discuss the challenges faced by education. It provides ministers with a range of views on the issues under discussion. The conference theme is access to quality education. Mr. Walsh was nominated by the education minister and selected as one of two youth in the Canadian delegation. read more