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Sepahan 0-1 Bunyodkor

26 April 2009 No Comment

Source: www.the-afc.com

Sepahan coach Farhad Kazemi was furious with his charges after their 1-0 defeat at home to Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor which leaves the Iranians in real danger of not making the knock-out stages.

Timur Kapadze scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but according to Kazemi, Sepahan were fortunate to concede just the one goal.

“We made tactical errors and we were lucky not to concede four goals,” he said.

Kazemi was shocked by his team’s the performance given Sepahan were within 15 minutes of beating Bunyodkor in Tashkent two weeks ago.

But not all of Kazemi’s wrath was directed at himself and his players, with the coach expressing his disappointment at the home fans for calling for his head during the match.

“In Uzbekistan, when they (Bunyodkor) went behind, their fans got behind them causing us to defend deeper and deeper till they scored but today, unfortunately from the 30th minute the atmosphere inside the stadium got worse and worse and the fans didn’t support us,” he said.

The defeat leaves Sepahan three points behind the Uzbeks in Group D and looking like suffering a second successive elimination at the group stage.

“We have to win both (remaining) matches against Ettifaq and Al Shabab to go through,” said a despondent Kazemi.

His counterpart, Khikmat Irgashev, was in altogether higher spirits.

“We made good decisions at crucial times which is what I think made the difference. After this win we’re very hopeful of qualifying for the next round.”

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