Uzbekistan seal spot in Asian Cup QF

Brace from Rashidov takes team past Saudi Arabia to confirm last-eight clash with South Korea; China beat North Korea.

    Rashidov gave Uzbekistan the lead after just 90 seconds [Getty Images]
    Rashidov gave Uzbekistan the lead after just 90 seconds [Getty Images]

    Midfielder Sardor Rashidov scored a goal in each half to give Uzbekistan a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia and a spot in the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

    Group B
       Pld   GD   Points 
    China 3 +3 9
    Uzbekistan 3 +2 6
    Saudi Arabia  3 0 3
    North Korea 3 -5 0

    Uzbekistan will next face South Korea on Thursday after finishing second in Group B to China, which completed a clean sweep of the group stage with a 2-1 win over already eliminated North Korea.

    Uzbekistan took the lead after just 90 seconds when Rashidov beat three defenders before sliding a shot through the legs of Saudi goal-keeper Waleed Abdullah.

    Mohammed Al Sahlawi equalized for the Saudis from the penalty spot in the 60th minute, before second-half substitute Vokhid Shodiev restored the lead for Uzbekistan in the 71st.

    Rashidov claimed his second goal to put the win beyond doubt in the 79th.

    SOURCE: AP


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