India have suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Uzbekistan in their opening match of the 2020 AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers at the Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
After a goalless first half, Ulugbek Khoshimov gave Uzbekistan the lead in the 53rd minute in the Group F encounter before Muzaffar Olimjonov sealed the 2-0 win for the Uzbeks in the 65th minute.
FULL-TIME! It comes to an end with the Uzbeks picking up the 3⃣ points.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) November 6, 2019
Meanwhile, hosts Saudi Arabia edged Afghanistan 1-0, thanks to a 50th-minute penalty from Ahmed Al-Ghamdi.
Group D saw United Arab Emirates (UAE) thrashing Nepal 4-0 at the Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium in Tehran, IR Iran. The Emiratis went ahead in the 27th minute through a Nabin Gurung own goal before Eisa Khalfan, Khalifa Yousuf and Abdulla Hamad added to the scoreline.
Iran, hosts of the group, also got their campaign off to a winning start as they recorded a 3-0 win over Kyrgyz Republic. Aria Barzegar, Alireza Monazami and Yasin Salmani scored in the second half to give Team Melli Javanan all three points.
يواجه قيرغستان الجمعة
— الأبيض الإماراتي ⚽️🇦🇪 (@uaent2019) November 6, 2019
In Group B, hosts Qatar thrashed Sri Lanka 5-1 in their opening match at the Aspire Zone in Doha. Mekki Tombari scored twice while Mostafa Kadira gave Qatar a 3-0 lead in the first half, but Sri Lanka pulled one back at the stroke of half time through Shabeer Razooniya.
However, a goal from Jassim Al-Zarra and an own goal from Avishka Deshan put the result beyond doubt. Yemen defeated Turkmenistan 2-1 in the other game of the pool.
— Qatar Football Association 🇶🇦 (@QFA_EN) November 6, 2019
Hosts Bahrain and Jordan recorded wins in their opening matches in Group E. While Bahrain defeated Bangladesh 3-0 at the Khalifa Sports City Stadium in Manama, Jordan defeated Bhutan by the same scoreline in the other match.