Nasaf 0-1 Chonburi (1-1 aet, 4-3 pens) (27/09/2011)



Karshi: Goalkeeper Murod Zukhurov was the hero as Nasaf held their nerve in a penalty shoot-out to beat Chonburi at Karshi Central Stadium and reach the semi-finals of the AFC Cup.

Nasaf went into the game with a 1-0 aggregate lead in the quarter-final thanks to Ivan Boskovic's goal in Thailand a fortnight ago but following a scoreless first-half, Ney Fabiano squared the tie 10 minutes into the second period.

That was the way the scoreline stayed after 120 minutes of action but the Uzbeks came out on top in the shoot-out when Zukhurov saved Therdsak Chaiman's spot kick.

With the one-goal advantage, Nasaf could afford to play for a draw but the home side pressed hard to wrap up the game in the opening 45 minutes.

However, they proved too predictable going forward and Chonburi easily dealt with a succession of crosses while not allowing their opponents a sight of goal.

The Thais then grabbed the goal they were desperately searching for 10 minutes after the interval when a corner found Fabiano and the Brazilian striker brought the ball down before firing into the back of the net.

Nasaf looked to fashion a reply and Boskovic was off target with an effort while Ilkhom Shamuradov unluckily struck the crossbar minutes later.

Anatoliy Demyanenko rang the changes in an attempt to shake up Nasaf's attacking options but they had little effect and the game went into extra time.

Nosir Otakuziev was introduced during the additional period and it seemed to rouse the hosts but the substitute missed two chances as the game ended 1-0 to Chonburi and went to penalties.

Boskovic converted the first spot kick with a precise finish before Zukhurov saved Fabiano's effort.

The next six penalties all found the back of the net, meaning Artur Gevorkyan had the chance to win the game for Nasaf but Chonburi keeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool was equal to the Turkmenistan international's attempt.

Gevorkyan's miss was not to prove costly, though, as Zukhurov kept out Therdsak's strike to send Nasaf into the last four.