Uzbekistan beats Japan 1-0 in World Cup qualifier

Aleksandr Shadrin’s second-half goal gave Uzbekistan a 1-0 win
at Japan on Wednesday in a World Cup qualifier between two teams
that had already secured their place in the next round.

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made the initial save on
Bakhodir Nasimov’s header, but Shadrin pounced on the rebound and
slotted it home in the 54th minute.

Wednesday’s result meant that Uzbekistan secured top position in
Group C on 16 points, while Japan finished second with 10.