January 16, 2020 10:56
Korea defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 to wrap up the group stage of the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship in Thailand on Wednesday.
With the victory, Korea, which had already clinched a quarterfinals berth after beating China and Iran, will advance to the next round as the top seed.
Just five minutes into the match, Jeong Seung-won's shot deflected off Oh Se-hun to find the net. Uzbekistan equalized in the 21st minute but Oh -- who was celebrating his birthday -- scored another goal in the 71st to seal Korea's victory.
The championship serves as the Asian qualifiers for this year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo, with the top four countries securing tickets. But if they do not include Japan, which automatically qualifies as the host nation, only the top three will go through.
The quarterfinals will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
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