In photos: China suffers 1st loss to Jordan in 27 years
Updated: 2011-09-07 10:16
Zheng Zhi of China (L) fights for the ball with Shadi Abu Hashhash of Jordan (2nd L) during their 2014 World Cup qualifying football match in Amman, Sept 6, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
The Chinese men's national soccer team were beaten by the amateur Jordan, China's first defeat to the West Asian country in 27 years.
If a barren first-half disappointed the fans at the Amman International Stadium, Jordan made amends early in the second period by scoring through Baha Suleiman and Amer Deeb.
Hao Junmin's 56th-minute effort promised a Chinese fightback but it failed to materialise.
Jordan lead the way on six points after 2-1 victory over China for their second successive victory.
Jordan's players celebrate a goal against China team during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Amman, Sept 6, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]
Elsewhere, 2007 Asian champions Iraq bounced back from their shock home defeat by Jordan last week to defeat hosts Singapore 2-0 and give coach Zico his first win.
The former Brazilian midfielder's side took the lead on 49 minutes with a header from Alaa Abdul Zahra and the players responded by kissing the artificial turf.
Iraq continued to pump high balls into the box and their tactics paid off in the 86th minute when captain Younis Mahmood scored.
Singapore are bottom of Group A after the loss to Iraq as the team failed to get a shot on goal in the first hour and head coach Raddy Avramovich serving a one-match touchline ban for being sent off last week.
South Korea played out a 1-1 draw in Kuwait to top Group B on goal difference even though both teams have four points.
Iran held on to first place in Group E despite drawing 1-1 against Qatar in Doha.
In a Group D match in Bangkok, Thailand cruised to a 3-0 victory over lacklustre Oman thanks to Sompong Soleb, Teerasil Dangda and an own goal from Rashid Al Farsi.
In Beirut, Lebanon revived their Group B campaign with a 3-1 victory over United Arab Emirates after being hammered 6-0 by South Korea in their previous match.
Mahmoud Al Hammadi gave the UAE a 15th minute lead. Mohamed Ghadar converted a penalty for Lebanon in the 37th before Akram Moghrabi and skipper Roda Antar struck in the second half.
In a Group E match in Jakarta, Bahrain scored in each half through Sayed Dhiya Saeed Shubbar and Ismaeel Latif to beat Indonesia 2-0.
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