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Uzbekistan beats Qatar 1-0 in WCup qualifier


DOHA, Qatar (AP) -Uzbekistan revived its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Qatar 1-0 on Tuesday for its first win of the campaign.

Midfielder Sanjar Tursunov scored the all-important winner for the visitors in the 13th minute after being neatly fed a cross by Ulugbek Bakaev from the right flank.

Qatar pressed for the equalizer immediately, but Muhammed Mubarak's long shot was parried away by Uzbekistan goalkeeper Ignatiy Nesterov. Qatar captain Wesam Rizik had a good chance in the 23rd but his shot went over the bar. The 2022 World Cup host's best chance in the second half came when striker Sebastian Soria's header just missed the mark.

Uzbekistan moved into second in Group A behind South Korea.

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