Siderov scores in the snow as Uzbekistan wins Asia U23 title

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CHANGZHOU, China (AP) Andrey Sidorov scored in the last minute of extra time as Uzbekistan beat Vietnam 2-1 to win the final of the AFC U23 Championship on Saturday.

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In snowy conditions in Changzhou that made the game almost unplayable, Sidorov came off the bench after 118 minutes to volley in the winner two minutes later after a corner.

Rustamjon Ashurmatov opened the scoring after eight minutes for Uzbekistan but Nguyen Quang Hai curled home a free kick just before the break to keep Vietnam in contention.

After a halftime interval that lasted 50 minutes as the pitch was cleared of snow, the game looked to be heading toward penalties before Sidorov’s introduction.