Doha Asiad: S Korea, Bahrain win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> South Korea and Bahrain secured straight forward wins in their last preliminary soccer match Saturday to share the Group B lead at the Asian Games.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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South Korea and Bahrain will be playing for an Asian Games quarterfinals spot in their last preliminary soccer match after both secured straight forward wins Saturday to share the Group B lead. South Korea beat Vietnam 2-0 and Bahrain thrashed Bangladesh 5-1. Lee Ho opened the scoring in the seventh minute and a Kim Jin-kyu header at the far post made it 2-0 for South Korea in injury time. "It's a long time ago that somebody scored a goal against us, so defensively we're very good," South Korea coach Peter Verbeek said. Kim's goal was South Korea's 150th in Asian Games competition. The 2002 World Cup semifinalists have scored more goals than any other nation in Asian Games competitions. Kuwait is next with 111. "I'm hoping that we keep scoring goals when we play Bahrain," Verbeek said. The top team in each of the six groups qualifies for the quarterfinals, along with the best two runners-up. South Korea and Bahrain meet Tuesday. In other matches, Uzbekistan had a 1-0 win over host Qatar and the United Arab Emirates tied 1-1 with Jordan in Group A. In Group C, Thailand and Kuwait maintained their unbeaten records, leaving top place to be decided on their encounter on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Thailand beat Kyrgyzstan 2-0 and Kuwait had a 2-0 win over the Palestinian team. Defending champion Iran take on Hong Kong on Sunday in Group D. (AP)

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