Uzbekistan shocked Group C favorite China, 3-0, on Wednesday and knocked it out of the Asian Cup.
Dynamo Kiev's Maksim Shatskikh
, Timur Kapadze
and Alexander Geynrikh
all scored off free kicks in the last 18 minutes in the surprise of the Asian Cup.
Iran, a 2-0 winner over co-host Malaysia, and Uzbekistan advanced to the quarterfinals. China, which only needed a tie to stay alive, finished with four points in third place, and Malaysia
was the only one of the four co-hosts to lose all three matches.
"We spent a lot of time on free kicks because we felt that China were weak in that part of their game," said Uzbek coach
. "In fact, our whole game-plan worked very well."
Uzbekistan travels to Jakarta, Indonesia, to face Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Iran
will stay in Kuala Lumpur and will face South Korea.
Vietnam, the only one of the four co-hosts to advance, plays Iraq in Bangkok. Japan and Australia meet in Hanoi in a replay of their
controversial 2006 World Cup match. QUARTERFINALS July 21 in Hanoi
Japan vs. Australia
July 21 in Bangkok
Iraq vs. Vietnam July 22 in Jakarta
Uzbekistan vs. Saudi Arabia July 22 in Kuala Lumpur
Iran vs. South Korea