Game:- Uzbekistan v South Korea
Competition :- AFC Asian Cup Third Place Playoff
Venue :- Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Date :- Friday, 28 January 2011
KO time:- 18:00, UTC+3
The two losing semi-finalists – South Korea and Uzbekistan battle it out for the third place at the Asian Cup 2011 in Doha on Friday. The South Koreans lost out to Japan on penalties after a very hard-fought encounter while the White Wolves were blown out of the water by Australia. South Korea start favourites going into the game. Read out betting preview and check the odds on the game with 10Bet and Bet365.
Uzbekistan – last few games – most recent game on top
v. Australia (Loss 0-6)
v. Jordan (Win 2-1) Bakayev*2
v. China (Draw 2-2) Akhmedov, Geynrikh
v. Kuwait (Win 2-1) Shatskikh, Djeparov
Vadim Abramov’s side had scored in all the games leading into the semi-finals only to flop miserably against Australia. They have some good attacking players in Djeparov, Akhmedov and Hasanov. Striker Alexander Geynrikh and goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov missed the semi-final with niggling injuries and are expected to be available for this game. Ulugbek Bakayev, who was Uzbek’s match-winner against Jordan will miss this tie due to suspension.
South Korea – last few games – most recent game on top
v. Japan (Draw 2-2 aet) Sung-Yueng, Jae-Won
v. Iran (Win 1-0 aet) Yoon Bit-Garam
v. India (Win 4-1) Ji Dong-Won*2, Koo Ja-Cheol, Son Heung-Min
v. Australia (Draw 1-1) Koo Ja-Cheol
South Korea defeat Japan in the third place play-off four years ago. They will fancy their chances against Uzbekistan. Cho Kwang-Rae might be tempted to give him fringe players a spot in the first eleven. Shin-Wook, Heung-Min, Bit-Garam and Ki-Hoon could well feature right from the start. The game could well be captain Park Ji-Sung’s ‘swan-song’ as he has hinted at international retirement after the tournament.
Match Verdict: Uzbekistan 1-3 South Korea (Ji-Sung, Heung-Min, Dong-Won)