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Kang-Hee Choi’s South Korea team took a massive step towards World Cup 2014 qualification with a 1-0 win against their closest rivals Uzbekistan at home in Seoul. It was a close contest and only an own goal just before half time from Bunyodkor midfielder Akmal Shorakhmedov separated the two teams. The win opens up a three point advantage for the Koreans over the Uzbeks at the top of the group with only one game to go, although Iran, a point further back in third place, have a game in hand and could also still win the group.
The final round of matches next week (18-06-2013) sees South Korea take on Iran in another crunch match in Ulsan whilst Uzbekistan host Qatar in Tashkent. The top two in the table qualify automatically for next summer’s tournament in Brazil with the third placed team going into a play-off.
South Korea: Sung-Ryong Jung, Chang-Soo Kim, Tae-Hwi Kwak (Ki-Hee Kim 81), Young-Gwon Kim, Chi-Woo Kim, Chung-Yong Lee (Dong-Won Ji 90+3), Jong-Woo Park, Myeong-Ju Lee, Keun-Ho Lee (Dong-Gook Lee 64), Shin-Wook Kim, Heung-Min Son
Uzbekistan: Nesterov, Ismailov, Denisov, Tuhtahujaev, Haydarov, Djeparov, Kapadze, Akhmedov, Shorakhmedov (Tursunov 76), Gadoev, Bakayev (Geynrikh 75) (Tadjiyev 85)
There were four crucial matches in the Asian section of the World Cup 2014 qualification tournament this week with the headline news being that Japan became the first team to secure their qualification. They cannot now be overtaken at the top of Group B following their draw with Australia and Oman‘s victory over Iraq. Japan had gone behind to a late goal from Tommy Oar, but they won a late penalty to equalise through Keisuke Honda and draw 1-1. Oman‘s 1-0 win over Iraq in Muscat came courtesy of an Ismail Al Ajmi goal in injury time at the end of the first half.
Any of the other four teams from Group B could still finish in second spot and seal automatic qualification for the finals behind the Japanese. Oman are in pole position on nine points but they have played a game more than the other three. The remaining fixtures are Australia v Jordan and Iran v Japan on Tuesday the 11th of June and Australia v Iraq and Jordan v Oman on Tuesday the 18th of June.
In Group A Qatar and Lebanon saw their hopes of automatic qualification ended and indeed Lebanon are now completely out as they can no longer even make the play off for the fifth spot following their 1-1 draw with South Korea in Beirut. Lebanon had looked set to win as they led for most of the match through Hassan Maatouk’s 12th minute strike but their hopes were dashed deep into injury time when Chi-Woo Kim equalised for the Koreans, who now top the group. Iran beat Qatar 1-0 away in Doha with a goal from Reza Ghoochannejhad to keep the pressure on South Korea and Uzbekistan at the top of the table. The remaining Group A fixtures are South Korea v Uzbekistan and Iran v Lebanon on Tuesday the 11th of June and South Korea v Iran and Uzbekistan v Qatar on Tuesday the 18th of June.
The current group tables are as follows: