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Australia coach Verbeek admits Uzbekistan better group placings show

Australian national coach Pim Verbeek has admitted that their next opponent, Uzbekistan, are much better than their group position says.

The Central Asian nation currently sit bottom of Group A which also includes Japan, Bahrain and Qatar and will need to gather points from their next two encounters; at home against Qatar on March 28and four days later against Australia in Sydney on April 1.

Coach of Australia Pim Verbeek believes the current bottom placing and one point is below what the Uzbeks are truly capable of.

"I have watched most of their games on DVD and I can tell you they are better that what you see on the table," Verbeek said.

"But sometimes they were a bit unlucky, especially in their last game when they had plenty of chances to score against Bahrain but lost 1-0 with a goal four minutes into injury time.

"So their lack of results does not suggest that they are a poor team."

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