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    Indonesia

    0

    South Korea

    1

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    Saudi Arabia

    4

    Bahrain

    0

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    Malaysia

    0

    Iran

    2

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    Uzbekistan

    3

    China

    0

AFC ASIAN CUP

Shah Alam Stadium

Referee: Saad Kameel Al Fadhli | Attendance: 2200

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Uzbekistan

  • Maksim Shatskikh 72'
  • Timur Kapadze 86'
  • Aleksandr Geynrikh 90'

3 - 0

FT

Uzbekistan stun China

KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Reuters) - Uzbekistan knocked Group C favourites China out of the Asian Cup with a stunning 3-0 upset victory at the Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday.

All three goals came via free kicks as Dynamo Kiev striker

Maksim Shatskikh, midfielder Timur Kapadze and veteran Alexander

Geynrikh struck late in the second half to break the hearts of

the 2004 runners-up.

Iran finished top of the group on seven points after their

2-0 win over co-hosts Malaysia earlier on Wednesday, with

Uzbekistan second on six points. China finished with four points

and Malaysia lost all three matches.

China needed only a draw to qualify after a 5-1 victory over

Malaysia and a 2-2 draw with Iran. Uzbekistan, who thrashed

Malaysia 5-0 after losing 2-1 to Iran, needed to win to reach

the last eight.

The match was marred by a serious neck injury to Chinese

forward Han Peng who was taken to hospital after a collision

with Uzbek goalkeeper Hayrulla Karimov in the final minutes.

Uzbekistan travel to Jakarta to face Saudi Arabia in the

quarter-finals on Sunday. Iran stay in Malaysia to take on South

Korea.

Uzbek coach Rauf Inileyev told reporters: 'We spent a lot of

time on free kicks because we felt that China were weak in that

part of their game. In fact, our whole game-plan worked very

well.'

Chinese coach Zhu Guanghu, blaming defeat on absence of

injured goalkeeper Li Leilei and defender Li Weifeng, is

determined to carry on.

'I will not leave football,' he said. 'The coaching staff

and players will learn from this defeat and move forward.'

After a dour first half, Uzbekistan stunned the Chinese fans

by taking the lead in the 72nd minute.

Substitute Victor Karpenko floated a free kick into the box

and Shatskikh rose to head goalwards. Chinese stand-in keeper

Yang Jun failed to hold on and Shatskikh volleyed in the rebound

for his third goal of the competition.

Uzbekistan made it 2-0 on 86 minutes. Karpenko aimed his

25-yard effort straight at Yang, who was helpless as the ball

bounced off his legs and Kapadze ran in to score.

Geynrikh sealed victory with a goal deep into injury time.

His free kick from 25 yards came off the wall but Geynrikh

collected the rebound to shoot through a crowd of players and

into the net.

Scoring Summary

  • Uzbekistan
  • China
 

Teams

  • Uzbekistan
  • China
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