Uzbekistan scored three late goals to stun 2004 finalist China 3-0 Wednesday, securing a trip to Jakarta for the Asian Cup quarterfinals at the expense of the 2004 finalists, AP reported.
A second half brace from Taisir Al Jassam steered Saudi Arabia to a 4-0 drubbing of Gulf neighbours Bahrain at the Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium in Palembang on Wednesday and a place in the quarter-finals of this year’s AFC Asian Cup.
Korea Republic booked their place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup, downing co-hosts Indonesia 1-0 at a sold-out Gelora Bung Karno Stadium to squeeze into the last eight.
In the wake of Iran’s 2-0 defeat of co-hosts Malaysia on Wednesday night, Team Melli coach Amir Ghalenoei revealed that his side were happy to have achieved their aim of finishing top of a strong Group C.
A 29th minute penalty from Javad Nekounam coupled with a second half goal from Andranik Teymourian helped a struggling Iran secure a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup by narrowly beating resilient co-hosts Malaysia 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Norizan Bakar has been sensationally axed by Malaysia’s football authorities despite his side earning plaudits galore during a narrow 2-0 AFC Asian Cup defeat to Iran on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev felt that fortune was on his team’s side on Wednesday as they defeated China 3-0 at Shah Alam Stadium to reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup for a second consecutive time.
China coach Zhu Guanghu was reluctant to discuss his future plans after his side bowed out of the AFC Asian Cup following a 3-0 defeat to Uzbekistan in their final Group C match on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan secured a quarter-final meeting with Saudi Arabia in the AFC Asian Cup after second half goals from Maksim Shatskikh, Timur Kapadze and Alexander Geynrikh lifted the central Asian side to a 3-0 win over China at Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday.