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.