Uzbekistan beats NKorea in World Cup qualifier
Timur Kapadze scored in the second half to secure Uzbekistan’s
1-0 victory over North Korea in a World Cup qualifier.
The result ended North Korea’s hopes of qualifying for a second
straight World Cup, making it the first team to have played in
South Africa in 2010 to be eliminated from the 2014 tournament in
Kapadze headed in Alexander Geynrikh’s corner in the 49th minute
as the home side dominated the game.
The victory put Uzbekistan on par with Japan on top of Group C
with 10 points from four games. North Korea has three points,
followed by Tajikistan with no points.
Despite its domination, Uzbekistan failed to find a breakthrough
in the first half.
Geynrikh, who scored the winner when the two teams played in
Pyongyang last month, hit the crossbar in the 18th minute. A minute
later, Maksim Shatskikh’s low shot from just inside the box hit the
Geynrikh again came close with a minute remaining in the first
After the restart, North Korea goalkeeper Ri Myong Guk tipped
the ball over the crossbar to keep out an own goal before Kapadze
found the net.
The visitors pressed for an equalizer, forcing Ignatiy Nesterov
to make several saves to preserve the victory.
With two games left in the third round of Asia qualifying, Japan
and Uzbekistan have secured places in the next qualification
Uzbekistan next hosts Tajikistan on Tuesday, while North Korea
will play Japan at home.
Uzbekistan: Ignatiy Nesterov, Alexander Geynrikh, Azizbek
Haydarov, Islom Tuhtahujaev, Maksim Shatskikh (Sanjar Tursunov,
75), Odil Akhmedov, Server Djeparov, Timur Kapadze (Lutfulla
Turaev, 88), Vagiz Galiulin, Victor Karpenko (Shavkatjon
Mulladjanov, 55), Vitaliy Denisov
North Korea: Ri Myong Guk, Cha Jong Hyok (Ri Kwang Hyok, 42),
Pak Nam Chol, Ri Kwang Chon, Ryang Yong Gi (Jong Il Gwan, 54), Ri
Chol Myong, Jong Tae Se, Jon Kwang Ik, Pak Nam Chol, An Yong Hak
(Pak Song Chol, 65), Jang Song Hyok