Asian Games: North Korea, Saudi, Iraq, UAE into football quarters
Abdulaziz al-Bishi scored an injury-time winner as Saudi Arabia beat Uzbekistan 3-2 at the Asian Games Friday, while North Korea, Iraq and United Arab Emirates eased into the last eight.
Incheon: Abdulaziz al-Bishi scored an injury-time winner as Saudi Arabia beat Uzbekistan 3-2 at the Asian Games Friday, while North Korea, Iraq and United Arab Emirates eased into the last eight.
Jong In-Gwan scored twice as North Korea hammered Indonesia 4-1, Iraq beat Tajikistan 4-1 and UAE triumphed 3-1 over Vietnam.
With the second round over, Japan play hosts South Korea on Sunday in the biggest quarter-final clash, while Thailand take on Jordan, Saudi Arabia play Iraq and North Korea will meet UAE.
The Uzbeks twice came from behind to level a feisty match with the Saudis in which eight players were booked.
Egor Krimets scored in first-half injury time to cancel out Raed al-Ghamdi`s opening goal. A Bobourek Yuldashov own goal put the Saudis ahead again only for Vokhid Shodiev to score his second goal in two games to level again.
The game was five minutes into injury time when al-Bishi`s strike had the Saudi bench dancing on the touchline.
Jong scored a goal in each half as the North Koreans comfortably saw off Indonesia, who were seldom in the contest for a quarter-final place.
Pak Kwang-Ryong headed one easy goal while Kwang Jo shot home the fourth. Fandi Utomo picked up on a rebound from Dedi Kusnandar`s long-range shot for Indonesia`s sole goal.
Tariq Humam picked up a long cross and slammed the ball home after just five minutes to put Iraq on the road to a 4-2 triumph and a clash with Saudi Arabia.
Turkmenistan equalised before half-time through Dilshop Vasiev but Salam Alidad headed Iraq`s second, Ali Adnan scored a brilliant goal from the byline and Mustafa al-Shabbani got the fourth. Fathullo Fathulloev scored a late consolation for the Tajiks.
Saeed al-Kathiri set UAE on the path to the quarter finals.
Saif al-Maqbaali doubled the lead in the second half and Bandar al-Ahbabi got the third in injury time as the Gulf Cup finalists dominated from the start. Nguyen Huy Hung scored for Vietnam.
In the women`s quarter-finals, defending champions Japan women hammered Hong Kong 9-0 with Rika Masuya and Nanase Kiryu each scoring twice.
About 70 North Korean officials, including Sports Minister Kim Yong-Hun, and athletes watched their women`s team beat neighbours China 1-0 through substitute Ho Un-Byol.
They will play South Korea, who beat Taiwan 1-0, in the semi-finals on Monday.
Vietnam came from behind to beat Thailand 2-1. Thailand went ahead through Nisa Romyen but Nguyen Thi Lieu and Nguyen Thi Tuyet stole the game for the Vietnamese women.