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Kosmina buoyant despite draw

20 September 2012 10:24

Adelaide United coach John Kosmina remains confident his team can win their AFC Champions League quarter-final against Bunyodkor.

Kosmina's side gave up a 2-0 lead against Bunyodkor on Wednesday, with the first-leg finishing 2-2, which puts Adelaide United in a tough spot ahead of their away leg in Uzbekistan on October 3.

But after seeing how his side played in the opening period of the first half in Adelaide, Kosmina remains convinced they can defeat the Uzbek champions in Tashkent.

"It was a joy to watch," Kosmina said.

"It was almost demonstration football but it's all of the stuff that we've worked on for the past 10 or 11 weeks - it was a joy to behold.

"You have to go to Tashkent with confidence looking at the way that we played.

"With 10 fit players and a goalkeeper on the park will make a hell of a difference and I'm quite confident we can get something out of the game over there."

Bunyodkor's resurgence started after Adelaide defender Nigel Boogaard was shown a straight red card in the final minute before half-time, with the visitors scoring directly from the resultant free-kick.

The 26-year-old central defender has expressed his remorse for ruining his teammates' hard work but hopes they can get the job done in Tashkent.

"Obviously I'm disappointed with myself, probably at a crucial stage of the game when were dominating and looking quite comfortable to get a result out of the game, it was a spur of the moment decision I took," Boogaard said.

"It's always easy to look back in hindsight and say you'd change your mind, but it's a decision I look back on and have to learn from, and hopefully it won't affect us going forward and the boys can go over there and get the result."

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Competition
AFC Champions League
Date
19 September 2012
Kick-off
12:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
On aggregate
4 - 5
Venue
Coopers Stadium (Adelaide)
Attendance
10366

Goals

I. Ramsay 7'
(assist by F. Barbiero) 
1 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 1
2 - 2

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
9
21
2
27
30
19
# Player Bookings
10 75'
20
9
23
24
28
45

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