Siderov scores in the snow as Uzbekistan wins Asia U23 title

CHANGZHOU, China — Andrey Sidorov scored in the last minute of extra time as Uzbekistan beat Vietnam 2-1 to win the final of the AFC U23 Championship on Saturday.

In snowy conditions in Changzhou that made the game almost unplayable, Sidorov came off the bench after 118 minutes to volley in the winner two minutes later after a corner.

Rustamjon Ashurmatov opened the scoring after eight minutes for Uzbekistan but Nguyen Quang Hai curled home a free kick just before the break to keep Vietnam in contention.

After a halftime interval that lasted 50 minutes as the pitch was cleared of snow, the game looked to be heading toward penalties before Sidorov's introduction.

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