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Asian Cup: Australia win shootout, will face hosts UAE in quarters; Japan advance past Saudis

Goalkeeper Maty Ryan earned champions Australia a quarterfinal place in the Asian Cup on Monday as he made two saves in a shootout to see off Uzbekistan with a 4-2 win on penalties after 120 goalless minutes.

The Brighton & Hove Albion keeper Ryan denied Islom Tukhtakhujaev and Dostonbek Khamdamov to leave Mathew Leckie to score the winning spot-kick and take the Socceroos into the last eight.

The result was no less than the Australians deserved after dominating the second half and most of extra time...

South Korea brush aside Uzbekistan as Paulo Bento stays unbeaten

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South Korea maintained their unbeaten start under former Portugal coach Paulo Bento on Tuesday as they thrashed Uzbekistan 4-0 in Brisbane.

Hector Cuper's side offered little threat to the Koreans, who will be among the favourites to win the Asian Cup when they travel to the United Arab Emirates for the continental championship in January.

Qatar-based midfielder Nam Tae-hee put Bento's team in front after nine minutes when his bouncing volley beat Uzbek goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov.

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 By Reuters

Former Egypt boss Hector Cuper takes over as Uzbekistan head coach

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Hector Cuper, who managed Egypt at the World Cup, has been named coach of Uzbekistan.

HONG KONG -- Former Valencia manager Hector Cuper has been named the new head coach of Uzbekistan, the country's football association announced on Wednesday.

Cuper, who managed Egypt at the World Cup in Russia over the summer, has been handed a contract through to the 2022 finals in Qatar as Uzbekistan attempt to secure a place at the tournament for the first time.

The 62-year-old will be unveiled in Tashkent on Aug. 6, according to a post on the Uzbekistan Football Association's official website...

 By Paul Murphy

Vietnam suffer extra-time defeat to Uzbekistan in AFC U23 final

Gaining glory for Vietnam wasn't easy for Le Cong Vinh, who's passion for football has been in his soul since a young age.

Vietnam's hearts were broken as Andrey Sidorov struck the winning goal in the final minute of extra-time to give Uzbekistan victory in a snowy AFC U23 Championship final in China.

The Southeast Asian side had recovered from conceding an early goal to Rustamjon Ashurmatov's header as Quang Hai struck a superb free kick to level the score at 1-1.

It remained deadlocked until the 119th minute, when Sidirov, who had just come on as a substitute, volleyed home from close range to seal the title for the...