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    Saudi Arabia





Qatar Sports Club Stadium

Referee: Abdulrehman Abdou | Attendance: 9849

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  • Ali Dyab 31' OG
  • Odai Alsaify 59'

2 - 1



  • Mohamed Al-Zeno 14'

Jordan 2-1 Syria

Two defensive errors cost Syria a place in the knockout stage of the Asian Cup as Jordan came from a goal down at the Qatar Sports Club Stadium to book a last quarter-final clash with Uzbekistan.

• Valeriu slams Syria side

Mohamad Al Zino gave Syria a 15th-minute lead but Ali Dyab's own goal levelled the Group B contest and the defender then failed to deal with Amer Shafri's long goal kick which allow Odai Al Saify to grab the winner in the 59th minute.

Jordan had a chance to make a dream start inside the first minute when Amer Deeb played in Hasan Abdel Fattah, but he slid his effort wide of the post.

Syria then took the lead after quarter of an hour when keeper Shafi could only parry Sanharib Malki's angled shot into the path of Al Zino and the forward lashed the ball into the back of the net from six yards.

Al Zino was then guilty of a poor miss when he directed a free header from Malki's cross way off target from six yards and it was to prove crucial as Jordan equalised in the 31st minute.

Deeb swung a cross into the box from the right and some mis-communication between Dyab and keeper Mosab Al Balhous saw the defender head into his own net.

Fattah then steered a half-volley wide of the far post when he latched onto a floated diagonal ball in behind the Syrian defence as the first-half ended honours even.

Samer Aouad called Shafi into action 11 minutes into the second period with a drive from distance after Jordan failed to clear a corner, before another defensive mix-up at the other end saw Adnan Hamad's side take the lead.

Shafi's long goal kick was missed by everyone and a hesitant Dyab allowed Al Saify to get the other side of him before the striker stuck out a leg to knock the bouncing ball past the onrushing Balhous and into the net.

Moayad Abukeshek hit the side netting following a driving run from the left flank with eight minutes to go as Jordan looked the more likely to add to their tally and they duly closed out the victory that sent them into the last eight.

  • Valeriu slams Syria side

    Coach Tita Valeriu could not hide his disappointment at seeing Syria throw away

    a one-goal lead as two defensive errors sealed their Asian Cup exit.

    "These players did not deserve to be in the national team. They have been

    playing together eight years and they have not won anything. They came to the

    Asian Cup and tried hard but I think a new generation is needed in Syria,'' he said. "We did start well the first 25 minutes and we scored but in general it was a

    very tough match although Jordan's equaliser was our goalkeeper's fault.

    "We then started the second half badly and made mistakes. Jordan played well,

    we made a mistake and they scored. This is football, somebody wins and somebody

    loses. We gave them a big gift and they scored two goals against us and that is all

    there is to say.''

    Jordan coach Adnan Hamad felt Dyab's own goal proved the turning point.

    "Every match has its own circumstances but the mistake by the Syrian defender

    put them under pressure,'' he said. "The goal came for us at a crucial time, that is why we were able to fight


    "This match was very tough. Syria had some chances but we played well and

    remained concentrated, focused and disciplined tactically and we achieved a good

    result. The second goal decided the match. They had the upper hand when they scored the first goal, there were mistakes

    from us in the first-half but we rectified those in the second-half.''

    Hamad will now look to take Jordan further than their last eight appearance in

    2004, where they lost to Japan on penalties.

    "This is the second time that we've qualified for this stage and I hope this

    time that we will do better,'' he added. "We are going to face a very strong team in Uzbekistan. They have good players

    who are strong and fast but we have plenty of ambition to reach the