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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: Uzbekistan 3-1 Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan won 3-1 to knock Saudi Arabia out of the Asian Cup and finish as runners-up in Group B.

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Strong Uzbeks power past Saudi Arabia into Asian Cup QF

Uzbekistan beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 to qualify from Group B and set up a quarterfinal clash with South Korea.

Uzbekistan defeated Saudi Arabia 3-1 in the Asian Cup Group B game billed as a do-or-die showdown between two teams that have not reached their full potential at this tournament. 

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Here are three points from the entertaining match in Melbourne:

1. White Wolves' great escape

With their nation's Asian Cup hopes on the ropes, Uzbekistan coach Mirdjalal Kasimov promised an all-out attack in a bid to get to the quarterfinals, and he made good on that threat.

The White Wolves started strongly, pushing...

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...