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

Brazil.

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

left post.

Geynrikh again came close with a minute remaining in the first

half.

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

stage.

Uzbekistan next hosts Tajikistan on Tuesday, while North Korea

will play Japan at home.

Lineups:

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