South Korea face in-form Uzbekistan in Asian Games quarter-final

South Korea will face Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games. This is a tie that should be one to watch with Uzbekistan looking good so far at the tournament.  

There's extra pressure on the Koreans as if they win gold the players will all be exempt from military duty.  This is especially important for Spurs fans as a gold medal for Son Heung-Min will mean the player will not need to leave the club for two years for military service. 

On paper, this tie might not look too hard but during the Asian Games Uzbekistan have looked good scoring thirteen times with four clean sheets in a row. 

This is also an under 23 tournament and Uzbekistan are the current Asian Cup U23 champions. This was a title they picked up back at the beginning of the year when they defeated Vietnam in extra time. 

The Korea coach is ready though as Kim Hak-bum commented on facing Uzbekistan: "It's good that we met them earlier than expected. They beat us 4-1 at the U-23 AFC Championship this year. We also lost to them at U-16 and U-17 level. We'll have to return the favour now. This is going to be a meaningful game."

If the Koreans can overcome the Under 23 Asian champions they would have knocked out the side which is their biggest challenge to the gold medal. There is not long to wait however to find out with the match taking place on Saturday. 

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