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MELBOURNE, Australia - Midfielder Sardor Rashidov scored a goal in each half to give Uzbekistan a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Sunday and a spot in the Asian Cup quarterfinals. Alex Bars Jersey .Uzbekistan will next face South Korea in Melbourne on Thursday after finishing second in Group B to China, which completed a clean sweep of the group stage for the first time with a 2-1 win over already eliminated North Korea.China already secured top spot in the group with wins over Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, and faces host Australia on Thursday in Brisbane.A jubilant Uzbekistan team formed a circle on the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium pitch after its match and danced around coach Mirdjalal Kasimov, who predicted there will be big holiday in Uzbekistan now.It was one of the great winning games, Kasimov said. It was great because of our players, they have done everything and they put all their power on the pitch. If we play like that in all our games well get the same result.Uzbekistan lost a qualifier 1-0 to South Korea in 2013 to miss a chance of a spot at the 2014 World Cup and Kasimov said his players were eager to reverse that result.Of course we always think about that losing game to Korea and I think our players will do their best and it will be a very interesting game, he said.Uzbekistan took the lead after just 90 seconds when man of the match Rashidov stole the ball against the run of play just inside the Saudi half before beating three defenders and sliding a shot between the legs of Saudi goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah.Saudi Arabia pushed relentlessly for no reward either side of halftime until Mohammed Al Sahlawi finally equalized from the penalty spot in the 60th minute when Naif Hazazi was brought down by Vitaly Denisov in the area.Uzbekistan looked to have scored from a free kick just two minutes later, but an apparent goal was called back after the referee ruled a Saudi defender was pulled down while standing in the wall.Second-half substitute Vokhid Shodiev restored the lead for Uzbekistan in the 71st when he leapt to meet a long cross from Shavkatjon Mulladjanov and powerfully headed the ball inside the near post.Rashidov claimed his second goal to put the win beyond doubt in the 79th when he gathered a long, centring pass from Jasur Khasanov inside the area and outran the Saudi defence before firing the ball past Abdullah in the Saudi net.Its disappointing for me, for everyone, Saudi Arabia coach Cosmin Olariou said. When you make mistakes like we did today, sometimes you pay a price, and the price was qualification.Sun Ke scored in the 1st and 42nd minutes in front of a raucous Canberra Stadium crowd of more than 18,000 mostly Chinese fans. North Koreas goal came via an own goal from Lin Gao in the 56th.North Korea coach Jo Tong Seob was upbeat after his sides third straight loss of the tournament.This tournament is on the way to the Russia World Cup in 2018, so I regard this as preparation for the team, Jo said. This tournament in Australia will be very good experience and motivate our team for further success, including qualification for the 2018 World Cup.On Monday, Iran and the United Arab Emirates — who have already qualified for the quarterfinals from Group C — will meet in Brisbane, while eliminated Qatar and Bahrain will be playing for pride in Sydney. Mitchell Trubisky Jersey . 15-23, the Ottawa Senators will by hoping to avoid going five straight games without a victory for the first time since a 0-3-2 drought from Oct. Riley Ridley Jersey . The rest of the team was already on the field stretching before batting practice while Puig was getting dressed in the clubhouse. He had been slated to start in right field for the afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Dodgers 8-4.NEW YORK -- Forwards Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes and Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers as well as Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo were named the NHLs three stars of the week. Skinner was the first star with five goals and an assist in leading Carolina to three wins. The 21-year old native of Markham, Ont., has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 19 games this season. Hall claimed the second star after registering four goals and two assists in three contests. Javon Wims Jersey. The first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Draft has 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 24 games this season. Luongo captured the third star after posing a 3-0-0 record and 1.30 goals-against average with Vancouver. The 34-year-old Montreal native is 14-8-5 on the season with a 2.28 GAA and .918 save percentage. ' ' '
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