Egor Krimets scored a late winner for Uzbekistan as they beat Qatar 1-0 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Tuesday to move to the top of their group in World Cup qualifying.
Al-Annabi held on until the final four minutes in Doha when Krimets struck to secure a narrow victory for Samvel Babayan’s side, taking them two points clear in Group A and preserving their 100% record in the third round.
The Whites Wolves edged Syria by the same scoreline in their group opener on Thursday, thanks to Alexander Geynrikh’s 75th-minute goal and they left it late again in their second match.
Geynrikh was the provider on this occasion, his free-kick from the right finding Krimets at the back post, where the defender rose above his marker to head the ball across the keeper into the far corner of the net.
It was just Krimets’ third goal for his country but an important one as it ensured Uzbekistan top spot in the group on six points with two wins from two, while Qatar prop up the standings in sixth place.