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Uzbek’s cool and quiet official set to make Asian Cup history

By Abdelaziz Abuhamar

January 31 – Uzbek’s Ravshan Irmatov has officiated more matches in the history of the Asian Cup than any other referee, having taken charge of 13 matches in a record four Asian Cup final tournaments.

The AFC 2019 Asian Cup final between Qatar and Japan on Friday, will mark Ravshan’s 14th games in the continental showpiece.

Most importantly, Ravshan will be the first referee to officiate two Asian Cup finals having been handed the final between Australia and Japan in the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar. Japan won 1-0.

The youngest-ever referee to officiate an Asian Cup final, Ravshan, who started his international refereeing career in 2003, will for his first time referee an encounter between Qatar and Japan.

However, the Uzbek has come across both teams separately, having refereed a total of 18 matches in various competition up to the 2019 final, 14 matches for Japan and 4 for Qatar, according to #mundial11.

In the Asian Cup 2019, Irmatov has been appointed four time times. He was in charge for Qatar’s won 1-0 quarter final win over South Korea and Japan’s last 16 1-win over Saudi Arabia 1-0.

Cool and quiet on the pitch, Ravshan in his 13 matches in the Asian Cup has awarded just one penalty, two red cards and 40 yellow cards.

Here is Ravshan stats – Qatar & Japan senior national teams

Qatar                                                 Japan

4                      Matches                    14

2                      Win                            11

1                      Draw                          2

1                      Loss                            1

1                      Penalty for               1

0                      Penalty against       1

 


Grp AWDLFAPts
UAE120425
Thailand111354
Bahrain111224
India011443
Grp BWDLFAPts
Jordan210307
Australia201636
Palestine021022
Syria012251
Grp CWDLFAPts
Korea rep300409
China201536
Kryzg Rep102443
Philippines003170
Grp DWDLFAPts
Iran210707
Iraq210627
Vietnam102453
Yemen0030100
 WDLFAPts
Qatar3001009
Saudi Arabia201626
Lebanon102453
DPR Korea0031140
Grp FWDLFAPts
Japan300636
Uzbekistan201346
Oman102443
Turkmenistan003230

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