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China beat N Korea to enter Asian Cup quarters

Midfielder Sun Ke scored twice to help China beat North Korea 2-1 and advance to the Asian Cup quarterfinals with a best-ever three straight wins as Group B leaders on Sunday. China will challenge hosts Australia, runners-up of Group A, in the quarterfinals in Brisbane Jan 22, reports Xinhua. Sun Ke, who scored the crucial winner in China’s 2-1 victory over Uzbekistan, continued his heroic performance at the nearly fully packed Canberra Stadium where most of the spectators were supporters of China.

Sun quickfired in less than one minute after kick-off with a nice toe-poke inside the penalty area after Korean defender Jang Song Hyok made an error in clearing Jiang Zhipeng’s long pass. Sun doubled the advantage for China in the 42nd minute with a diving header at the far past following Jiang Zhipeng’s well-curved left wing cross. It’s his third goal of the tournament and the 25-year-old attacker can compete for the golden boot prize of the tournament.
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