European 'stan takes on Central Asian neighbours

UEFA member Kazakhstan has overwhelmed its Asian Football Confederation neighbours Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in recent Central Asian friendlies. AFC Challenge Cup semi-finalists Kyrgyzstan went down 1-0 to Kazakhstan in Almaty on 5 July, the first match between the two teams since 1994. “We fielded an experimental squad today with three under-20 players," Kyrgyzstan coach Boris Podkorytov told AFCMedia. “I’m satisfied with our performance, but not result." Kazakhstan thrashed Tajikistan 4-1 three days earlier.