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.