Jordan tame Syria to reach Asian Cup knockouts


Earlier, bleach-blond Chanathip fired Thailand to only a second Asian Cup win in their history as they beat Bahrain 1-0 to reignite their campaign.

"After I was appointed as the interim head coach, we looked through the mistakes of that game [against India] and I instilled into the team more discipline and emphasis on defence, and the players delivered as I wanted".

They cheered raucously for the UAE team, which ran out 2-0 winners, but they were just as appreciative of a courageous performance from India, who Zaccheroni would later mark out as the team to watch out for in future in Asian football. India had won the respect and hearts, but lost the points. They are bitterly disappointed.

Jordan's win means Syria need to defeat Australia to have any hope of qualifying to the tournament's knockout stages.

But India can not sit on its laurels for long as they are up for a much tougher opponent in the form of UAE on Thursday.

India captain Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in global goals as the Blue Tigers stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening game to earn comparisons with Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli for his heroics. "I think those two chances are still killing us".

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Mubarak whipped the ball home from an acute angle four minutes before halftime for the Emirates, who were runners-up the last time the country hosted the Asian Cup in 1996.

The Blue Tigers missed three big chances in the first half and while they created opportunities after the break too, India were denied on two occasions by the framework.

Entering the game after a 1-1 stalemate with Bahrain, UAE required full points full points, and the relief was palpable in their camp when Mubarak broke the deadlock. If somebody had told me, I'd have taken it and I'd have backed myself to convert those chances.

"We have to pick ourselves up from this because no one else is voting to come and do that for us". We cover every possible detail to help keep the players on the pitch to get the results we've got over the last four years.

"My guys made a great performance and tactically they were very good", said Borkelmans. They caused us lot of problems with their speed and we had to make changes to our game to be able to get closer to our goal.

One goal each in both the halves ensured that the hosts get to the top of the table with 4 points, while India dropped down to the second position in Group A.