The Australian U23s chances of making it to this year's Olympics are now fading with the win strengthening Uzbekistan's position at the top of the table and a qualification spot looking increasingly unlikely.

Uzbekistan took the lead in the first half but an equaliser from Jason Hoffman was dismissed as offside despite video replays suggesting otherwise.

Mitch Nicholls also appeared to level the scores in the second half but again the referee ruled it out.

A long-range thunderbolt late in the game sealed the win for Uzbekistan as the mercury plunged.

Due to extreme temperatures the kick-off time for the match was moved from 8pm to 3pm yesterday, but with the mercury around -12 C it was of little comfort to the players.

The Olyroos started strongly with Mate Dugandzic and captain Oliver Bozanic each having shots on target in the opening 10 minutes.

But with a snow covered, frozen pitch making passing and touches difficult, it was never going to be a free flowing, technical game of football.

Uzbekistan took the lead in the 27th minute when Oybek Kilichev set up Kenja Turaev who hit a long range shot giving Mat Ryan no chance of saving.

Soon after Jason Hoffman looked to have an equaliser for the Qantas Australian U23s but was adjudged to have scored from an offside position.

The second half saw both teams create opportunities at both ends but the quality of the build-up play and finishing was severely hampered by the pitch conditions.

Just after the hour mark, Mitch Nichols also seemed to have netted an equaliser, but his attempt was denied after the referee blew for an infringement in the box in the lead up to the goal.

Oleg Zoteev sealed the result for the Uzbeks in the 85th minute with a sublime volley from outside the box which hit the underside of the crossbar and went into the net.

In the other Group B match the United Arab Emirates (UAE) defeated Iraq 1-0 to move into second place of Group B on five points, with Iraq in third and the Olyroos last on three points from four games.

The Qantas Australian Under 23s will now return to Dubai to prepare for their next match against the UAE on February 22.

As part of their preparations for that match they will play an international friendly match against the Philippines at the Al Nasr Stadium on Thursday February 16.

Match Details

Uzbekistan   2 (Kenja Turaev 27’, Oleg Zoteev 85’) 
Olyroos 0

at JAR Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Sunday, 5 November 2011
Referee: Abdullah BALOUSHI (QATAR)
Assistant Referees: Ramzan Saeed M A AL-NAEMI (QATAR) & Taleb Salem H A AL-MARRI (QATAR)
Fourth Official: Khamis Mohammed AL MARRI (QATAR)
Crowd:  4,527

Uzbekistan U23s line-up: 12.Sanjar KUVVATOV (gk), 2.Akbarjon ISMATULLAEV (15.Amanov BOBIRJON 69’), 3.Abdukakhkhor KHODJIAKBAROV, 4.Salim MUSTAFAEV, 5.Islom TUHTAHOJAEV, 7.Oybek KILICHEV, 8.Sherzodbek KARIMOV (c) (16.Jasur HASANOV 74’), 9.Kenja TURAEV, 11.Abdukhaliqov TEMURKHODJA (17.Ivan NAGAEV 37’), 13.Oleg ZOTEEV, 18.Fozil MUSAEV
Substitutes Not Used: 1.Akbar TURAEV, 6.Dilshod RAHMATULLAEV, 10.Javlon IBROKHIMOV, 14.Zokhir  PIRIMOV
Head Coach: Vadim Abramov (UZB)
Yellow Cards: Ivan Nagaev 50’, Jasur Hasanov 90+2’
Red Cards: Nil

Olyroos line-up: 1.Mathew RYAN (gk), 2.Matthew FOSCHINI, 3.Sebastian RYALL (12.Daniel MULLEN 69’), 4.Matthew JURMAN, 5. Aziz BEHICH, 6.Oliver BOZANIC (c), 7.Mate DUGANDZIC, 8.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 9.Jason HOFFMAN, 10.Mitch NICHOLS, 11.Rocco VISCONTE (17.Kerem BULUT 76’)
Substitutes not used: 13.Antony GOLEC, 14.Mustafa AMINI, 15.Diogo FERREIRA, 16.Isaka CERNAK, 18.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk)
Head Coach: Aurelio Vidmar (AUS)
Yellow Cards: Mitch Nichols 81’.
Red Cards: Nil

Points Table

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

UZBEKISTAN

4

2

2

0

4

0

4

8

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

4

1

2

1

1

2

-1

5

IRAQ

4

1

1

2

2

3

-1

4

AUSTRALIA

4

0

3

1

0

2

-2

3