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Central Asian men's football teams March 22 racked up one victory and two defeats in international qualifying tournaments.
Turkmenistan's men's football team demolished Cambodia 7-0 in the opening match of 2014 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup Group E qualifiers in Manila, the Philippines. Arslanmyrat Amanov scored in the seventh minute of play. Two goals by team captain Vladimir Bayramov and an own goal by Cambodia's Om Thavrak produced a 4-0 Turkmen lead at halftime.
In the second half, Berdy Shamuradov, Guvanch Abylov and Gurbangeldi Batyrov added to the Turkmen total. Turkmenistan confronts Brunei Darussalam March 24.
Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi, the UAE men's football team came from behind to defeat Uzbekistan 2-1 in 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers. Shohruh Gadoyev gave Uzbekistan an early lead, scoring after 16 minutes, but the UAE's Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout scored in the second half. The qualifiers resume in October.
And in Astana, Kazakhstan lost 3-0 to powerful Germany in a World Cup qualifier. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze scored within two minutes of each other in the first half, with Thomas Müller adding a goal in the 74th minute. Kazakhstan and Germany have a rematch in Nuremberg March 26.