Asian Cup roundup: Uzbekistan advance, China remain unbeaten


Group B play is in the books as Uzbekistan defeated Saudi Arabia by a score of 3-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition.

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China remained perfect with their third win in three matches, beating DPR Korea 2-1 to claim the top spot in Group B.

Uzbekistan 3-1 Saudi Arabia

In a must-win game for Uzbekistan, Sardor Rashidov delivered with two goals to help lead his country into the knockout rounds. Rashidov opened the scoring 90 seconds into the match, streaking down the sideline before neatly sliding the ball through the keeper’s legs. Saudi Arabia would equalize from the penalty spot, but Vokhid Shodiyev scored off the bench for Uzbekistan before Rashidov tallied his second to advance out of Group B. Uzbekistan will face South Korea in the quarterfinals.

China 2-1 DPR Korea

China had already locked up the top spot in Group B and remain undefeated after a 2-1 win over DPR Korea. Sun Ke was inserted into the starting lineup after scoring the game-winner against Uzbekistan and didn’t disappoint, scoring both of China’s goals in the first half. China will face hosts Australia in the final eight.

Monday’s games:

Group C
Iran vs. United Arab Emirates — 4 a.m. ET
Qatar vs. Bahrain — 4 a.m. ET