The first edition ever of the AHF Central Asia Cup in Kazakhstan started today with an opening match between the Kazakhstan B and Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan emerged the victor, scoring the only winning goal at the 59-minute mark.
The second game of the day was between Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. In the opening quarter, Kazakhstan had the majority of the chances, opening the score with a penalty corner in the 10th minute by Bakytbek Tazhenov. A second penalty corner followed, finishing the first half 2-0.
During the second half, an amazing series of well-played field goals and a penalty stroke from Aman Yelubayev put the host nation with a phenomenal goal difference of 9, ending the match with a crushing victory of Kazakhstan 9-0.
It was an exciting first game with a clearly superior and more experienced team, who is also favorite to win the tournament.