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Group B Review: Overhauls needed for Saudi Arabia, North Korea

With the group stage now over, ESPN FC runs the rule over the teams that failed to progress to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Asian Cup.

Group B Overall
POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
1 China 3 3 0 0 5 2 3 9
2 Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 5 3 2 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
4 North Korea 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 0
Group B Overall
POS TEAM P W D L F A GD PTS
1 China 3 3 0 0 5 2 3 9
2 Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 5 3 2

Once again, North Korea fail at major tournament

Sun Ke's first-half double ensures China finish the group stage of AFC Asian Cup with a hundred percent record as they beat already eliminated North Korea 2-1 in Canberra.

For North Korea, the 2015 Asian Cup is already over.

Three games and three defeats will not make for happy reading back in Pyongyang, especially after genuine hopes that this team could survive the first round of the continental competition.

Group B contained China, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan and was seen as an open one. Yet the team has once again failed at a major tournament. In the 2010 World Cup, the 2011 and 2015 Asian Cups, North Korea has lost eight of its nine games.

But this time is more...

By ESPN Staff
Jan 18, 2015

Highlights: China 2-1 North Korea

Sun Ke's first-half double ensures China finish the group stage of AFC Asian Cup with a hundred percent record as they beat already eliminated North Korea 2-1 in Canberra.

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 By Rob Brooks

Attractive and effective China claim third straight Asian Cup Group B win

Midfielder Sun Ke scored two goals against North Korea to power China to their third successive Asian Cup Group B win.

China held on for a 2-1 win over North Korea in Canberra, allowing Alain Perrin's side to sign off on a successful Group B mission as they head into the quarterfinals for a showdown with Australia in Brisbane on Jan. 22.

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Here are three points from the Group B match in Canberra:

1. China deserve top spot 

Make no mistake, this team knows how to play an attractive and effective brand of football if given the chance.

Albeit against clearly underdone opposition -- not to mention in a match where...

Breakout AFC Asian Cup or yet another false dawn for Team China?

China are through to the last eight of the AFC Asian Cup after a 2-1 group stage win over Uzbekistan in Brisbane on Wednesday.

With two wins from as many attempts, China have already surpassed pre-tournament expectations leading into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup after first-round exits in the two previous editions.

A draw in their final Group B match against North Korea on Sunday would be enough for the Chinese to win their pool and guarantee one of the top four seeds heading into the quarterfinals -- setting up a glamour tie with Group A runners-up and tournament hosts Australia.

So, are China finally ready to take a significant...