China secured a 2015 AFC Asian Cup quarterfinal spot when they beat Uzbekistan 2-1 on Wednesday in Brisbane in a Group B game.
China top the group with six points from two games. With Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia each on three points and clashing in the last of the preliminaries, the Chinese are assured of progressing to the knockout stage for the first time since 2004.
China dominated possession early and had their chances. But it was Uzbekistan who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Odil Akhmedov cut in from the left, steadied, and fired in a right-foot shot from 25 yards. It deflected off China midfielder Wu Xi and looped inside the far post.
Wu made up for it when he equalized in the 55th minute. Substitute Sun Ke, who came on in the 66th, made an angled run from the left two minutes later and sealed the comeback win with a strike from the edge of the area.