AFC U-16: Uzbekistan beats DPR Korea, finishes on top

After a barren first half, Uzbekistan scored through Jasurbek Umrzakov in the 49th minute. Rasul Yuldoshov increased the lead in the 61st minute before Ibrokhim Ganikhonov added a third not long after DPR Korea pulled one back through Ri Kang Guk.

Uzbekistan, with three wins, finished with nine points to top the group and set up a clash with Iraq in the quarterfinal on September 26.   -  afc.com

Uzbekistan finished its league engagement in style as it scored a convincing 3-1 win over DPR Korea to finish top of Group D in the AFC U-16 Championship on Friday.

After a barren first half, Uzbekistan scored through Jasurbek Umrzakov in the 49th minute. Rasul Yuldoshov increased the lead in the 61st minute before Ibrokhim Ganikhonov added a third not long after DPR Korea pulled one back through Ri Kang Guk.

Uzbekistan, with three wins, finished with nine points to top the group and set up a clash with Iraq in the quarterfinal on September 26.

While DPR Korea, which finished second with six points, plays Oman on the same day at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.

Two-time winner DPR Korea, which has a better goal difference, needed a draw to top the group but, like its opponents, played a safe game as both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first half.

In another Group D match in Fatorda, Thailand played out a 1-1 draw with Yemen, to open its account in its final match.

Both teams played for pride as they have already been eliminated from the tournament after defeats to DPR Korea and Uzbekistan respectively.

Yemen took the lead in the 27th minute through Abdulmajeed Sbarah, while Thailand equalised in the 47th minute when Natthaphon Srisawat scored off a rebound.

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