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Qatar reach Asian Cup quarters as China crash out

Fabio Cesar points the way towards the Asian Cup quarter finals after scoring Qatar's third goal in their match with Kuwait.
Fabio Cesar points the way towards the Asian Cup quarter finals after scoring Qatar's third goal in their match with Kuwait.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Qatar ease through to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup with 3-0 victory over Kuwait
  • Goals from Bilal Mohammed, Mohamed El Sayed and Fabio Cesar secured win for hosts
  • China draw 2-2 with Group A winners Uzbekistan to crash out of the tournament
  • Qatar to face winners of Group B in last eight with Japan appearing the likely opponents
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(CNN) -- Hosts Qatar have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup after a comfortable 3-0 win over Group A strugglers Kuwait at the Khalifa Stadium.

Goals from Bilal Mohammed -- who headed home after 12 minutes -- and Mohamed El Sayed (16th minute) gave Bruno Metsu's men a comfortable lead which they never looked like letting slip.

Fabio Cesar rounded the evening off in style with a well-taken free kick in the 86th minute to seal their second win of this year's competition.

Iran first into Asian Cup quarterfinals

Meanwhile, China -- Qatar's rivals for the runners-up spot in Group A -- could only draw 2-2 against group winners Uzbekistan meaning they crash out of the tournament early yet again.

Yu Hai gave China the lead in the seventh minute only for the Uzbeks to mount a comeback.

Strikes from Akhmedov on the half hour and CSKA Moscow forward Alexander Geynrih shortly after the break saw them take the lead.

But it was short lived as Junmin executed a brilliant free kick to level the scores.

Qatar will now face the team who finish top of Group B, which looks likely to be Japan -- one of the favorites to win the tournament.

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