Alexander Geynrikh scored the only goal of the game as Uzbekistan defeated North Korea 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The striker, who plays his club football for South Korea's Suwon Bluewings, struck after 25 minutes to put Uzbekistan on top of Group C with seven points from three games.

With the top two teams progressing to the final round of qualification, North Korea, which qualified for the 2010 World Cup, is struggling on three points.