AFC ASIAN CUP

Al-Gharafa Stadium

Referee: Abdullah Mohamed Al Hilali | Attendance: 2000

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China

  • Hai Yu 7'
  • Junmin Hao 56'

2 - 2

FT

Uzbekistan

  • Odil Ahmedov 30'
  • Aleksandr Geynrikh 46'

Uzbekistan book knockout place

Uzbekistan booked their place in the Asian Cup quarter-finals after playing out

an entertaining draw with China at Al Gharafa Stadium.

• Abramov salutes players

The Central Asians needed just a point to progress but fell behind after six

minutes to Yu Hai's header. Odil Akhmedov's second goal of the tournament drew

Uzbekistan level before Alexander Geynrikh's strike gave them the lead shortly

after the interval.

However, China equalised through Schalke midfielder Hao Junmin's superb

free-kick but could not find the goal they needed to keep alive their last eight

hopes as Qatar's 3-0 win over Kuwait saw the hosts progress instead.

Uzbekistan should have gone in front after just two minutes when Server

Djeparov played in Timur Kapadze and his low cross picked out an unmarked Maksim

Shatskikh at the far post but with the goal at his mercy, he sliced horribly

wide.

The miss was to prove costly four minutes later when from a short corner

routine, Yang Hao's cross was met by Yu and his glancing header hit the

unfortunate Akhmedov and squeezed over the line.

China almost doubled their lead in the 21st minute but Zhao Xuri's swerving

25-yard drive crashed back off the bar with keeper Ignatiy Nesterov well

beaten.

Uzbekistan equalised on the half-hour mark when Djeparov's beautiful

defence-splitting pass picked out Akhmedov's run down the left edge of the area

and he beat Yang Zhi with a composed finish from six yards.

China nearly regained their advantage six minutes later when Gao Lin met Hao's

perfectly flighted cross with a powerful header, but keeper Nesterov brilliantly

tipped the ball over the bar.

Geynrikh then gave his side the lead at the start of the second-half when he

found the back of the net with a strike from distance but China drew level in

the 56th minute when Hao fired a fine free-kick from 25 yards that dipped into

the top corner.

Gao then saw a stooping header from Wang Song's cross bounce wide when unmarked

near the penalty spot, before the same player forced Nesterov into a sharp

reflex save after he turned a defender and fired a powerful snap-shot goalwards

as China were unable to find the winner they craved.

  • Abramov salutes players

    Uzbekistan coach Vadim Abramov saluted his players after seeing his side qualify for the Asian Cup quarter-finals as Group A winners following a 2-2 draw with China at Al Gharafa Stadium.

    "I want to thank my players because they played very well in the group games. The result was satisfactory for us, which is why we played more defensively today," said Abramov

    "I don't think we were lucky. We played very well and had many chances to score, for example when (Maksim) Shatskikh could not score in the opening minutes. I think many things depend on the psychology of the players. The last two games against Qatar and Kuwait were very hard and very tough games against two strong teams."

    They will now face either Japan, Jordan or Syria in the knockout stage but Abramov was more concerned about the quality of his side's defending.

    "I don't care who we play in the next round," he added. "The defence hasn't played so well, too many mistakes and now I have some time before the next game so I will see what I can do."

    Despite their early exit, China assistant boss Fu Bo said the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 had proved invaluable to a team building towards qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    "We've learned a lot from these two matches. Today we had many chances but we lacked a little luck. If we solved the problem of our wayward shooting, maybe we could have changed the result," he said.

    "But you can see during the match, everyone stood up and everyone tried to change the result.

    "Since this team got together, we have been focusing on qualifying for the World Cup. Now we end our journey in the Asian Cup but we have played three different matches and have had three different results. They were very good practice for our young players."

    "I think our team did very well in this Asian Cup and got great experience but the result shows that we need to do a lot of work in the future."

  • Scoring Summary

    • China
    • Uzbekistan
    Hai Yu (7')
    Junmin Hao (56')

    Match Stats

    • China
    • Uzbekistan
    0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
    0 Fouls 0
    0 Corner kicks 0
    0 Offsides 0
    0% Time of Possession 0%
    2 Yellow Cards 3
    0 Red Cards 0
    0 Saves 0

    Teams

    • China
    • Uzbekistan
    Substitutes
    Substitutions
    Jianye Liu for Xuri Zhao (46')
    Xu Yang for Hai Yu (60')
    Deng Zhuoxiang for Hao Yang (72')
    Yellow Cards
    Junmin Hao (78')
    Linpeng Zhang (90 + 1')