Cristhian Stuani scores twice as Uruguay cruise past Uzbekistan

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Uruguay will face Thailand in the final of the China Cup on Tuesday after Oscar Tabarez's side handed Uzbekistan a 3-0 defeat in the friendly tournament's semifinals in Nanning on Friday.
Cristhian Stuani struck twice after Gaston Pereiro had put Uruguay in front after five minutes to set up the meeting with the South East Asian side, who beat hosts China 1-0 on Thursday.
Uzbekistan will now play Fabio Cannavaro's side in the third place playoff, which will also be held on Tuesday.


Uruguay celebrate after Cristhian Stuani found the back of the net.
Pereiro gave...
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Asian Cup: Australia win shootout, will face hosts UAE in quarters; Japan advance past Saudis

Goalkeeper Maty Ryan earned champions Australia a quarterfinal place in the Asian Cup on Monday as he made two saves in a shootout to see off Uzbekistan with a 4-2 win on penalties after 120 goalless minutes.
The Brighton & Hove Albion keeper Ryan denied Islom Tukhtakhujaev and Dostonbek Khamdamov to leave Mathew Leckie to score the winning spot-kick and take the Socceroos into the last eight.
The result was no less than the Australians deserved after dominating the second half and most of extra time...
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South Korea brush aside Uzbekistan as Paulo Bento stays unbeaten

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South Korea maintained their unbeaten start under former Portugal coach Paulo Bento on Tuesday as they thrashed Uzbekistan 4-0 in Brisbane.
Hector Cuper's side offered little threat to the Koreans, who will be among the favourites to win the Asian Cup when they travel to the United Arab Emirates for the continental championship in January.
Qatar-based midfielder Nam Tae-hee put Bento's team in front after nine minutes when his bouncing volley beat Uzbek goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov.
Fifteen minutes...
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Former Egypt boss Hector Cuper takes over as Uzbekistan head coach

Hector Cuper, who managed Egypt at the World Cup, has been named coach of Uzbekistan.
HONG KONG -- Former Valencia manager Hector Cuper has been named the new head coach of Uzbekistan, the country's football association announced on Wednesday.
Cuper, who managed Egypt at the World Cup in Russia over the summer, has been handed a contract through to the 2022 finals in Qatar as Uzbekistan attempt to secure a place at the tournament for the first time.
The 62-year-old will be unveiled in Tashkent on Aug. 6, according to a post on the Uzbekistan Football Association's official website...
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Vietnam suffer extra-time defeat to Uzbekistan in AFC U23 final

Vietnam's hearts were broken as Andrey Sidorov struck the winning goal in the final minute of extra-time to give Uzbekistan victory in a snowy AFC U23 Championship final in China.
The Southeast Asian side had recovered from conceding an early goal to Rustamjon Ashurmatov's header as Quang Hai struck a superb free kick to level the score at 1-1.
It remained deadlocked until the 119th minute, when Sidirov, who had just come on as a substitute, volleyed home from close range to seal the title for the...
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South Korea, Saudia Arabia qualify for World Cup; Syria earn Australia playoff

South Korea booked their place at a ninth straight World Cup finals on Tuesday evening as a 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan was enough for Shin Tae-yong and his team to book their ticket for Russia while Saudi Arabia's 1-0 win over Japan condemned Australia to a place in the playoffs.
Fahad Al Muwallad's thunderbolt of a strike ensured the Saudis will go to the World Cup for the first time since 2006, joining Japan, South Korea and Iran as Asia's representatives at next year's tournament.
Australia, meanwhile,...
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Ki Sung-Yueng 'fit' but may not start in World Cup qualifier for South Korea

Ahead of South Korea's crucial 2018 AFC World Cup qualifier in Uzbekistan on Tuesday, head coach Shin Tae-Yong has a dilemma: whether to start captain Ki Sung-Yueng.
The talented Swansea City midfielder has not played since injuring his knee during a 3-2 loss in Qatar in June. The 28 year-old may be fit again, but Shin is concerned about his lack of match practice.
Ki did not even make the bench in last Thursday's 0-0 draw with Iran in Seoul. He watched from the sidelines as his teammates missed...
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Iran win to become first Asian nation to qualify for World Cup

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Goals from Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi and yet another clean sheet ensured Iran became the first Asian nation to book their place at next year's World Cup as a 2-0 win over Uzbekistan on Monday evening secured Carlos Queiroz's team a berth in Russia.
Azmoun put his side in the lead in the 23rd minute before a goal from Taremi sealed Iran's progress to next year's finals two minutes from time.
The Iranians join Brazil as the only nations to have qualified for Russia 2018 so far, with Azmoun scoring...
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Iran, Japan and South Korea victorious in AFC World Cup qualifiers

Iran moved to within a single victory of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over China in front of 100,000 fans at the Azadi Stadium.
Medhi Taremi's goal early in the second half broke stiff Chinese resistance and put Carlos Queiroz's men on 17 points from seven games in the third round of qualification with three games left to play. With the top two from Group A and B heading to Russia next summer, Iran are now within touching distance of the finals.
Zeng Cheng was a busy man in the...
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China claim historic win against South Korea as Australia held by Iraq

Yu Dabao's header and a stirring second-half performance by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng saw China claim a 1-0 win over South Korea on Thursday that keeps alive Marcello Lippi's side's slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals.
Yu headed in the winner 11 minutes before the break while Zeng made a trio of superb saves to deny Uli Stielike's side in the second half as the Chinese notched up their first win over the South Koreans in seven years, and only their second ever victory against...
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