Uzbekistan’s players were reprimanded for their celebrations. REUTERS/Brandon Malone
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A late double strike rescued Uzbekistan's Asian Cup campaign and ousted three-time champions Saudi Arabia Sunday as Sun Ke's brace enhanced China's growing reputation.The Uzbeks were headed out at 1-1 in Melbourne before Vokhid Shodiev's header and Sardor Rashidov's second of the night steered them into the quarterfinals with a thrilling win.Shodiev rose for a brilliant headed goal to restore Uzbekistan's lead, before Rashidov converted a terrific cross 11 minutes from time to secure the 3-1 win.In Canberra, China were ahead after just 45 seconds – close to Thursday's Asian Cup-record, 14-second goal by UAE's Ali Mabkhout – when Sun raced through a static defense.The North Korean rearguard were again at fault for Sun's second, when a corner bounced in the six-yard box giving the unmarked midfielder an easy header at the back post.
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