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    Saudi Arabia





Qatar Sports Club Stadium

Referee: Abdul Malik | Attendance: 6255

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  • Maya Yoshida 90' +2'

1 - 1



  • Hasan Abdel Mahmoud 43'

Yoshida saves Japan's blushes

Maya Yoshida spared Alberto Zaccheroni's blushes as his stoppage-time header rescued a 1-1 draw for Japan against Jordan in their opening game of the Asian Cup at Qatar Sports Club Stadium.

Abdel Fattah gave Jordan the lead, via a Yoshida deflection, just before the break and it looked like it would be enough to hand the West Asians all three points after they repelled wave after wave of attacks from Japan in the second half.

However, Yoshida rose to head home Makoto Hasebe's cross to ensure Zaccheroni's first competitive game in charge of Japan did not end in defeat.

Chances were few and far between over the course of the first 20 minutes with a weak free-kick by Amer Deeb the only real effort of note.

But the pace of the game began to pick up after that as Shinji Kagawa forced a fine one-handed save from Jordan keeper Amer Shafi in the 22nd minute before Fattah shot straight at Japan number one Eiji Kawashima at the other end.

Hasebe should have put Japan ahead in the 39th minute when he was sent though on goal but the Wolfsburg midfielder drove his shot straight at Shafi.

They were made to rue that chance seconds before half time when Jordan stunned them to take the lead when Fattah hit an effort from the edge of the area that looped off the boot of Yoshida and into the back of the net.

Japan started the second half strongly as Keisuke Honda twice went close with free-kicks while Hasebe volleyed narrowly wide.

They continued to dominate possession but were struggling to make it count in the final third and it seemed Jordan had done just enough to take all three points.

But Japan ensured they took away a share of the points when a short corner was played to Hasebe, who sent a cross into the area where Yoshida rose highest to head home.