Asian Cup roundup: Wins for South Korea, China, Uzbekistan


It was a busy day down in Australia, as the 2015 AFC Asian Cup really got going with three matches played across Groups A and B as China shocked Saudi Arabia and both Korean nations enjoyed contrasting fortunes.

South Korea edged out Oman 1-0 in Canberra to go second in Group A behind Australia. Cho Yong-cheol’s goal right on the stroke of half time proved to be the difference.

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In Group B China opened up with a surprise 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia thanks to Yu Hai’s late deflected free kick and a penalty save from Wang Dalei in Brisbane. China’s goalkeeper stopped Naif Hazazi’s penalty midway through the second half to celebrate his 26th birthday in style, as China grabbed a crucial three points. Elsewhere in Group B, Uzbekistan beat North Korea 1-0 in rainy Sydney. Igor Sergeev headed home the winner in the second half, as North Korea started the tournament poorly and they haven’t made it past the group stage since 1980.

Sunday’s fixtures:

Group C
Midnight ET – UAE vs. Qatar
2 a.m. ET – Iran vs. Bahrain