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China ties Uzbekistan 2-2 to end Asian Cup tour

2011-01-17 00:49:41 GMT2011-01-17 08:49:41(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

China's Gao Lin (L top) vies for the ball with Uzbekistan's goalkeeper Temur Juraev during the Asian Cup group A soccer match between China and Uzbekistan in Doha, capital of Qatar, Jan. 16, 2011. China and Uzbekistan tied the match 2-2. (Xinhua/Tao Xiyi)

China's Hao Junmin (L) shields the ball from Uzbekistan 's Shavkatjon Mulladjanov (C) during their 2011 Asian Cup Group A soccer match at Al Gharafa stadium in Doha January 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

Uzbekistan's Sanjar Tursunov (C) is challenged by China's Yang Hao (L) and Wang Song during their 2011 Asian Cup Group A soccer match at Al Gharafa stadium in Doha January 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

Uzbekistan's Odil Akhmedov (2nd R) scores a goal past China's goalkeeper Yang Zhi (L) during their 2011 Asian Cup Group A soccer match at Al Gharafa stadium in Doha January 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

China's Yu Hai (L) heads the ball under pressure from Uzbekistan's Anzur Ismailov (C) and Victor Karpenko during their 2011 Asian Cup Group A soccer match at Al Gharafa stadium in Doha January 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)

China's Hao Junmin (C) scores from a free kick during their 2011 Asian Cup Group A soccer match against Uzbekistan at Al Gharafa stadium in Doha January 16, 2011. (REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed)

DOHA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- China drew with a strong Uzbekistan side 2-2 at the third round Group A match to be eliminated from the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 here on Sunday.

Uzbekistan qualified as Group A winners with 7 points. Host Qatar, who beat Kuwait 3-0 in the last game, also advance to last eight with 6 points. China ranks the third with 4 points, and has to leave the tournament with the bare-handed Kuwaits.

Midfielder Yu Hai opened the scoring with a deflected header following Yang Hao's corner in the 6th minute. Odil Akhmedov levelled on 28 minutes with a cool one-on-one shot after receiving Server Djeparov's inch-perfect throught ball from the edge of the box.

The Uzbekis took the lead one minute into the second half when Alexander Geynrikh smashed a 30-meter diagnol shot from the right flank to beat keeper Yang Zhi, before Shalke 04 player Hao Junmin equalized for the Chinese with a well-curved free-kick into the upper corner of the net on 56 minutes.

China, who have to win by at least two goals to secure a last eight place, showed strong desire in attacking throughout the game and created several clear chances, but the finishing touches were not accurate enough.

Striker Gao Lin missed three golden opportunities, two of them were denied by the focused keeper Ignatiy Nesterov and one header went wide of the post. Hao Junmin, Li Xuepeng both had good chances, but squandered them.

The Uzbekis also squandered some good chances with Djeparov's talented assists, but a draw was enough to send them through to the next stage.

Chinese coach Gao Hongbo was sent off in the 88th minute for protesting the referee.

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