Uzbekistan beats Japan 1-0 in World Cup qualifier

Aleksandr Shadrin’s second half goal gave Uzbekistan a 1-0 win
away 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 a
Bakhodir Nasimov header but Shadrin pounced on the rebound and
calmly slotted home in the 54th minute to give the visitors the

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