A second-half header by Kang Min Soo gave Korea Republic their second consecutive victory in the AFC Final Round for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as they scored a 1-0 away win against Bahrain on Saturday.
Uzbekistan League pace-setters Pakhtakor thrashed Andijan 5-0 to maintain their seven-point lead atop the standings after 19 rounds here recently.
Five men’s singles and eight ladies singles matches were held on the first day of the 35th Asian Championships.
WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev has returned to training just a month after he suffered a stomach injury which forced him to cancel next month’s unification contest against WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov.
Paktakor Tashkent made another step to re-claim Uzbek Premier League on Monday beating rivals Neftchi Ferghana.
Korea Republic’s U-23 side claimed their third win in a row against Uzbekistan this year after coming from behind to beat the Central Asians 2-1 on Wednesday in a bad-tempered affair that saw the visitors finish with only nine men.
Central Asian sides suffered defeats in friendlies played on Wednesday night with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan all losing.
Andriy Shevchenko sparkled on his first appearance of the season, helping Ukraine to a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan in a friendly on Wednesday.
Korea Republic’s U-23 side resume their quest for a spot in next year’s Olympics on Wednesday night when they take on their counterparts from Uzbekistan for the third time in six months in their opening match of the AFC Final Round for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.